Search Results for: ISIL

  • Writing a new page in UAE policy: The case of the 'Islamic State’


    The world around the United Arab Emirates swirls with changes pulling several directions at once.  So far the leaders of this young country and their peoples have written a success story.  Together they have carefully chosen among alternative goals and policies by following the traditions of the majlis, today wrapping these in the technology of commercial and social media.  

    img Dr.Kenneth L. Wise
    Senior Non-Resident Fellow -Public Policy

  • Iraq: The Failure of a Government or a Government Form?


    Thequick collapse of the Iraqi army is not solely a result of Al Maliki government failure; that is just the tip of an iceberg.

    img Mohammed Baharoon
    Director General

  • Daesh’s Extremism, Islamophobia and Similarities to the Crusades


    The article is a discussion based on the piece written by David Ignatius in the Washington Post, ‘The Islamic State Feeds Off Western Islamophobia.’ The article is interesting, controversial, and provoked some lively debate from its readers, some of whose views have been incorporated along with my own into the piece

    img Mark Douglas McKinney
    Non- Resident Fellow - Global Affairs

  • Call for Peace away from Islamophobia


    The recent terror attack in Nice may not be the last episode within Europe, however it is a turning point for the relationship of France, Europe and the West in general with Islam and Muslims.

    img Dr. Haifa AlMaashi
    Director, Geo-strategic Affairs Division

  • Daesh in Europe: Terrorism or Mass Murder?


    Whether all of this year’s violence should be categorised as ‘terrorism’ or not, it seems very clear that Daesh propagandists are also opportunists. Read more....

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs

  • Is “ideology” the reason behind the failure of the Arab Spring?


    Some believe that ideology is not only one of the main reasons for the failure of the Arab Spring, but also a fundamental reason for the political instability apparent in most of the Arab world. An ideology that alienates others is pregnant with seeds of its own extinction; thus, it either fails due to its shortcomings, or is defeated by rival ideologies and demonization. The outcome is a state of political instability. 

    img Sumaya ِ Adam Issa Adam Eisa
    Senior Researcher- Global Affairs

  • Terrorist Threat to Aviation Security : New Level of Sophistication


    On Saturday Australian police arrested four men in Sydney on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack. The target was believed to be an Etihad plane bound for Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The method of attack was apparently poisonous gas (hydrogen sulphide), which the bomb makers were attempting to hide in a mincing machine. The viability of such a method of attack is one issue, however the level of sophistication required to manufacture a device which would generate the conditions where a poisonous substance could be released in an aircraft in sufficient quantities to overcome its passengers and crew is another.

    img Mark Douglas McKinney
    Non- Resident Fellow - Global Affairs

  • The UK & US Daesh Policy


    The US envoy for the coalition fighting Daesh, Brett McGurk’s statement where he said ‘his mission is to ensure that every foreign Daesh fighter in Syria dies in Syria,’ is not something which would surprise many international observers given the ‘gung ho’ policies of the Trump administration, particularly in relation to the war on terror. However, the statement from one of the UK’s international development ministers, Rory Stewart, may have raised some eyebrows amongst the political classes in the UK and Europe. Mr Stewart stated that Daesh members ‘pose a serious danger and the only way of dealing with them will be to kill them.’[1] The robustness of his statement which would ordinarily have been rebuked out of a fear of not being ‘po

    img Mark Douglas McKinney
    Non- Resident Fellow - Global Affairs

  • UK integrates Daesh Returnees


    The UK Home Office has decided to run a programme which reaches out to returning British Daesh jihadists and their families by providing council houses for them and counselling through de-radicalization programmes such as ‘Prevent.’ Whilst the concept has been denounced by the more hawkish right wing elements, it has been embraced by many who believe that it is the only way to monitor, de-radicalize and reintegrate the returnees back into civil society

    img Mark Douglas McKinney
    Non- Resident Fellow - Global Affairs

  • The Phillipines & Daesh


    As a consequence of the inevitable demise of Daesh in Iraq and Syria, for some time the militant group has been looking for countries where it can regroup and rebuild with a view to re-establishing its dream of creating a caliphate governed under the auspices of its extreme version of Islam. One particular view is that in the wake of the insurrection by a Daesh affiliate in the Philippines is that, despite the authorities in Manila putting down of the insurgency, that it is still a fertile ground for the movement to rise again and become a potent force in the region. 

    img Mark Douglas McKinney
    Non- Resident Fellow - Global Affairs

  • 02-01-2018

    img Mark Douglas McKinney
    Non- Resident Fellow - Global Affairs