jihadism

Eradicating salafi-jihadism in Libya

Political instability and a lack of a unified national security force have made Libya the perfect breeding ground for jihadism to develop and expand. Groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda associate Ansar al Sharia in Libya (ASL) exploit the weakness of the internationally-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) to establish [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Why people join ISIS

Why do young European-Arab Muslims, and converts, go to join the Islamic State (ISIS or Daesh) to fight or sacrifice themselves, in Syria, Iraq and Libya, among other places, and, when they return, in Europe itself? It is essential to find out. The explanation frequently comes more from anthropology [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Paris: a war over an essential not an existential threat

Yesterday the French President François Hollande, before the two parliamentary chambers sitting together as Congress in Versailles, said that ‘France is at war’ and that the coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris have been an ‘act of war’ of the Islamic State (ISIS or Daesh). And indeed, we are involved [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Morón Air Base: strategic interests and the culture of security

Spain, essentially because of its geographical positions and its good relations, has become an essential element for the projection of US military power in the present day. It is no longer merely a flank, as in the days of the Cold War, nor a rear-guard area, but a major [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Iraq’s failures

A forgotten duo is making a comeback: Sykes-Picot. In 1916 these two civil servants, one British and the other French, designed –ie, divided up– the map of the Middle East between their countries’ respective areas of influence, creating artificial states such as Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. It was part [...]

Al-Qaeda’s continued core strategy 12 years later

This Wednesday marks 12 years since the worst terrorist attack ever carried out on the U.S. In a recent article published on the Elcano Institute’s website, Bruce Hoffman and I stated that Al-Qaeda has withstood arguably the greatest international onslaught directed against a terrorist organisation in history, but it [...]
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