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Phil Price

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Phil Price
Phil Price is a multilingual writer and translator based in London, UK. A graduate of Oxford University, Phil went on to hold senior management positions in several major British and German companies, and spent time living and working in Germany and Poland as well the UK. For HSToday, Phil reviews the latest findings from academic research and international studies into all aspects of international terrorism and presents the key trends and insights.

Fake Social Media and Political Interference: How (Mainly) Russia Does It

The Internet Research Agency, a known Russian social media operation, has well-organized programs with writers divided into groups according to their English-writing skills and briefed with reacting daily to events and diplomatic developments.

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What the Stats Say About the Muslim Extremist Threat in America

Researcher finds “there has been no crisis in rapid radicalization to violence, and counterterrorism officials should walk back statements suggesting otherwise.”

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Should Courts Assert More Power in Cases of Terror and Civil Liberties?

Researchers argue that “the toxic blend will continue to negatively affect civil liberties for citizens and non-citizens and undermine U.S. counterterrorism efforts.”

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When Elite Counterinsurgency Training Winds Up Aiding Organized Crime

The original elite counterinsurgency units frequently acquired these tactics and this training from other countries, made available because this was thought to be the way to tackle the problem.

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Are All Terrorists Really Driven by or Committed to Ideology?

There are the cases of some who traveled to join the fighting in Syria who ordered “The Koran for Dummies” and “Islam for Dummies” from Amazon not very long before their departures.

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How Do Canadian Extremists Find Their Way in – and Out – of White Supremacist Groups?

Many interviewed reported having second thoughts, or becoming disillusioned, even while still involved in extremist groups, or even during the radicalization process. Parents and relatives often knew that they were heading down a dangerous path but failed to act.

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More Countries Have Programs to Counter Violent Extremism, But Will They Work?

There is no consistent global approach to countering violent extremism, and sometimes programs are misused by governments for greater repression.

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Can We Fight Radicalization by Fixing Terrorists’ Problems with Life?

New research suggests trauma, adversity and mental health problems are prominent among jihadis and radicalization is an emotional process.

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Religiously Affiliated Terrorist Groups More Deadly Than Non

Islamist terrorist groups have committed significantly higher casualty attacks when weighed against all terror groups, but not more than non-Islamist religious terror groups, who were the deadliest.

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Talking to Terrorists: Challenges to Understanding Their Motivations

“We can offer more accurate explanations of why people become involved in jihadi terrorism by recognizing their religious motivations in conjunction with others,” researcher notes.

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The Next Chapter of ISIS and al-Qaeda: Strategies and Attack Plans

They share the basic objective of establishing a state for the Ummah – the pious Muslim community – based on their strict Islamic principles.

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Is Germany’s Move to Strip Terrorist Citizenship the Best Route?

Closing doors runs the risk of creating factions of left-behind extremists that may escape any meaningful oversight, argues researcher.

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Does ISIS Have a Lone Wolf Network Across the Globe?

IS started systematically encouraging lone actor attacks in the West in 2016. Sometimes communication was controlled, and credit claimed centrally.

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Mujahid and the Mob? Overlap Between Terrorism, Organized Crime Offers Counterterror Opportunity

The more that a terrorist organization becomes known for criminal actions, the harder it can be to retain legitimacy in the eyes of their followers.

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Are Program Personnel Trained to Counter Violent Radicalization?

The number of counter-radicalization and deradicalization programs has surged in recent years. These are aimed both at prevention among communities and individuals.

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Study Suggests Those Convicted of Terrorism Offenses Less Likely to Reoffend After Release

The demographics of the convicted terrorists studied were almost identical to the apolitical prison population in the U.S.

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How ‘Call of Duty’ Is Transformed Into a Call for Jihad

Adopting the look, feel, and familiar themes of video games speaks in an engrossing way to the group that ISIS and their imitators are trying to reach.

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ISIS Media War Continues with a Consistent, Structured Strategy

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Material produced often includes information on how to commit terrorist acts. This can range from knife and car attacks to complex operations like bomb-making and hostage-taking.

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Ideological Infighting in ISIS May Lead to Terror Group’s Undoing

“The relative extremists became resentful of the official position… while the relative moderates became upset with him for tolerating the extremists.”

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