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doha99Kyle Shideler
(Director of the Counter-Islamist Grid (CIG)

Copyright: www.meforum.org - February 8, 2019 Reposted at RIEAS web site on 24 February 10, 2019.

Despite international criticism, the small peninsula state of Qatar has long played an outside role in harboring Islamists, including violent jihadists -- whether the political leadership of Hamas, or the "unofficial Embassy" of the Afghan Taliban. Read more

medconf19Copyright: www.meforum.org - February 8, 2019 – Reposted at RIEAS web site 10 February 10, 2019.

The Middle East Forum hosted experts, officials and over 100 attendees on February 6 in Washington, D.C. for a first-of-its-kind conference examining whether Qatar is a U.S. ally or global menace. (Click here for conference videos.)

"It's not too much of an open question," said MEF president Daniel Pipes, noting the #QatarTheMenace Twitter hashtag. "The wealth of the country and the drive of its leadership have made it into an international force." Read more

qatarphoto9Oren Litwin
(Associate Director of the Islamism in Politics Project)

Copyright: https://www.meforum.org – 30 January 2019.

Overview

Nominally, the mission of the Qatar Foundation International (QFI, an affiliate of the Qatar Foundation or QF, which is based in Qatar itself) is to spread and facilitate the teaching of Arabic. While this does not encompass everything they do, Arabic-language and Arabic-culture teaching is the predominant theme in QFI's activity. QFI's activities can largely be divided into two parts. Read more

southasia91photoAnita Rai
(Counterterrorism expert and consultant based in London, UK; contributor to Intelligence and Security Journals and organizations, author of "Jihad and Terrorism")

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 27 January 2019.

Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS).

“India, Sindh, i.e. Pakistan, and then China will be conquered. Hind, Sindh, i.e. Pakistan and China too will be conquered. This whole region will be conquered by the army of Mahdi (Peace is upon Him). Rulers of India will be tied up in chains. Bound in chains, they will be presented before the throne of Hazrat Mahdi (Peace is upon Him) in Jerusalem.” ..Read more

preventrad99Ammar El Benni
Cristian Troncota

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 21 April 2018

Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS).

The terrorist attacks that shook Europe in the last five years have been committed by young people raised and educated in Western societies, and most of whom had been already known by the law enforcement community in the countries where they lived. While violent radicalisation is not a new phenomenon, its most recent manifestations, its scale and the use of new communication tools pose new challenges that must be addressed through a joint effort of all relevant actors across society. This reflection paper proposes the development of a strengthened partnership between the education sector (schools and universities) and the Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) to develop a comprehensive communication strategy for counter-radicalisation at national and European level, by mentioning the American model as a possible model to follow. ..Read more

phobia99Moha Ennaji
(President of the South North Center for Intercultural Dialogue and Migration Studies in Morocco. His most recent books include New Horizons of Muslim Diaspora in North America and Europe and Muslim Moroccan Migrants in Europe).

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 11 March 2018

Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS).

Fez – Islamophobia may be defined as the scapegoating of all Muslims as opposed to condemning or criticizing acts or practices of a Muslim individual. The rising signs of Islamophobia illustrate a common inadequate understanding of societies and cultures. .. Read more

messages81The Cyber Brief [USA], 28 September 2027

Expert Commentary

Farah Pandith,
(Former Special Representative to Muslim Communities,
U.S. Department of State)




Copyright: https://www.thecipherbrief.com/article/middle-east/recruits-hear-extremist-messages-surround-sound?utm_source=Join+the+Community+Subscribers&utm_campaign=90d6a4d1e0-TCB+September+28+2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_02cbee778d-90d6a4d1e0-122482609


Note: Publication on RIEAS web site (www.rieas.gr) on 1 October 2017

Terrorist groups such as al Qaeda and ISIS have strategically disseminated propaganda that appeals to a wide variety of individuals. Although al Qaeda was the first terrorist organization to launch a media wing, ISIS has developed far more expansive media capabilities as it uses various platforms to attract new recruits or convince people to conduct attacks in their home countries. The U.S. government has implemented counter-messaging programs but has seen mixed results as the terrorist message continues to resonate with some disenchanted individuals here in the homeland. The Cipher Brief’s Bennett Seftel sat down with Farah Pandith, former Special Representative to Muslim Communities at the U.S. State Department, to discuss the tools used by terrorist to circulate their message, as well as how the U.S. can more effectively combat the extremist ideology. Read more

yemenmapShaul Shay
(RIEAS Research Associate and Security Analyst)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 28 July 2017.

Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS).

The Bab al-Mandab strait , which is 25 kilometers wide, is a strategically vital maritime waterway, through which merchant ships in the Gulf of Aden sail to the Red Sea, and then to the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea. It is one of the most crowded waterways for oil transportation in the Middle East and other regions with more than 3.3 million oil barrels per day. This strait is vitally sensitive, not only to all countries bordering the Red Sea, but to the world trade as a whole. Read more

terrorwolves9Emily Boulter
(Writer based in the Netherlands. She is the creator of the current affairs blog “From Brussels to Beirut”. From 2010 -2013 she worked as an assistant to the Vice-chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the European Parliament)

Dr. Tamir Libel
(Beatriu de Pinós Research fellow at the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI).

Copyright: www.ejpress.org – Publication in RIEAS web site (www.rieas.gr) on 10 July 2017

The attacks in London, Paris and Brussels which took place in June were added to a seemingly endless list of terror attacks in which crude tactics are used to maximum effect. As Europeans come to terms with the growing terror threat, many politicians and members of the security services have stressed the challenges of predicting and preventing the actions of self-motivated individuals or lone wolves. However there is evidence to suggest that the problem may be less intractable, as outside Europe measures are being adopted, which are producing results. Read more

christianmeShaul Shay
(Security Analyst and RIEAS Research Associate)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 21 April 2017

Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS).

The Mary Girgis church in Tanta and Saint Mark's church in Alexandria were attacked on Sunday, April 9, 2017, as the Coptic Christian community celebrated Palm Sunday, one of the holiest days of the Christian calendar. The total number of casualties in the two attacks climbed to 47 dead and 126 injured, in the deadliest militant attack in Egypt against civilians in decades. Read more

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