We can defeat today’s jihadists, as we did the anarchist terrorists a century ago

Summary:  Today's violence from Islamic extremists has many similarities to the anarchists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Using standard police and intelligence methods, Western governments defeated the anarchists -- without massive restrictions on civil liberties, without military operations. We can defeat today's Islamic extremists using similar methods -- reversing the results from 16 years of … Continue reading We can defeat today’s jihadists, as we did the anarchist terrorists a century ago

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Stratfor looks at the stray cubs of the Caliphate

Summary: Here Stratfor examines a growing and disturbing aspect of fourth generation warfare -- the increased use of children as soldiers -- by jihadists. This can help us to better know what to expect from this dark aspect of our future, and to prepare for it. The Stray Cubs of the Caliphate By  Scott Stewart … Continue reading Stratfor looks at the stray cubs of the Caliphate

Stratfor cuts through the hype about grassroots terrorism

Summary:  We have had many episodes of lone wolf terrorism. Each produces a tsunami of stories, but so far no strategic effects. Here Stratfor examines grassroots terrorism, helping us to better know what to expect. Putting Grassroots Terrorism in the Proper Perspective Lead analyst:  Scott Stewart. Stratfor, 8 December 2016. When it comes to claiming … Continue reading Stratfor cuts through the hype about grassroots terrorism

Does terrorism work? Richard English gives the answer.

Summary: A large literature discusses the effectiveness of foreign armies and their tools against insurgencies, but few ask about the other side. Does terrorism work for insurgents? A new book by Richard English fills that gap, with some surprising conclusions. Since terrorism is a key tool of 4GW, the dominant form of war in our … Continue reading Does terrorism work? Richard English gives the answer.