Originally published by Reform Magazine February 2016. Original link here to abbreviated online version. Full version only available to subscribers (or on this blog).
For the last two years the international community has been transfixed on the rise of the terrorist group Daesh (also known as Islamic State, ISIS and ISIL). For Western communities there has been a particular focus on the seemingly shocking phenomenon of foreign terrorist fighters and female migrants. It is estimated that over 5,000 Western European citizens have traveled hundreds of miles to join what we know to be a violent and brutal terrorist group. Yet despite the intense media focus and public discourse around this trend, there remain many misleading headlines and misunderstandings about processes of radicalisation and prevention.Continue reading →
Originally Published by BBC News 24 February 2015. Original linked here.
Three girls from London travelled to Turkey, sparking international concerns they were en route to Syria to join Islamic State (IS). But what makes people want to travel to conflicts in foreign lands and how are they helped to get there?Continue reading →
Originally Published by Progress Online: 8 September 2014. Original linked here.
As western powers discuss to what extent their military capacity should be used against Islamic State they are also having to face the reality of radicalisation processes taking place in their own countries. Continue reading →
Originally Published by CNN: 21 August 2014. Original linked here.
(CNN) — The recent video depicting the final words and beheading of U.S. journalist James Wright Foley by someone that seems to be a British foreign fighter has sent shockwaves across the West. The video has already been blocked multiple times from various video-sharing platforms, only to reappear as many times, something that once again emphasizes that the new frontline for counter-terrorist practitioners is online extremism.
Originally Published by Le Monde: 18 July 2014. Original linked here.
Au cours des dernières semaines et mois, la crainte du développement du terrorisme en Syrie et en Irak, mais aussi en Europe, est devenue une préoccupation croissante. La peur de la prolifération de combattants étrangers qui peuvent retourner dans leur pays d’origine et le cibler en utilisant leurs nouvelles compétences est une réalité.
First published in in libdemvoice.org on 16 February 2014. Link to original article here.
Earlier this month, the Government reiterated its intent to censor online extremist content through ISP filtering systems. This has largely been in reaction to fears over radical jihadi videos coming from Syria and has been heightened due to recent estimates of 2,000 European fighters travelling to Syria. There is particular concern over the influence foreign fighters may have on the young and impressionable upon their return to their countries of origin. Though well-intentioned, government-controlled filtering is problematic for a number of reasons.