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Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The coming proliferation: home-printed guns

After drones have become cheaper and almost commonplace, making them available today to any armchair aviator, the new possibility is printing plastic guns at home that are able to fire real bullets. The technology involved is 3D printing –by way of microjets that print layer upon layer of plastic [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Islamic State: terrorism and insurgency

The Islamic State (IS) is a practitioner of terrorism even more terrible than al-Qaeda as it has recently amply demonstrated. But that does not explain everything. It is also an insurgent movement and an army, and unless that is understood the strategy carried out by the US will fail. [...]

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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