Now at its third iteration, the UK's National Risk Register has been praised internationally for giving an official stock take of threats and hazards facing the country. However, a more proactive Register would help to enlarge the focus from emergency preparedness and response towards more prevention and vulnerability reduction.
Abu Qatada symbolised an era of British jihadism that relied on radical preachers to motivate a generation of terrorists. His departure, alongside a general degradation of al Qaeda's capacity to launch large-scale orchestrated plots from Waziristan marks an end of an era that had its peak during the 7 July 2005 attacks on London.
The West has moved towards a ‘remote control’ approach to international security based on the avoidance of direct, visible engagement. Whether this trend will enhance international security remains to be seen
The new Counter Terrorism Bill 2008 proposes several changes to existing UK laws but it is the controversial extension to the period of detention without charge that has grabbed most of the media attention. As Jacqui Smith presented the Counter Terrorism Bill to Parliament on 24 January, the furore surrounding the pre-charge detention period for suspects cast a shadow, leaving scant consideration...
The murder of Benazir Bhutto on 27 December 2007 was almost certainly the hand of Al-Qa’ida inspired militants, which calls into question the US anti-terrorism strategy in Pakistan.
In the aftermath of Benazir Bhutto’s death, shock and outrage has flared across the country, from the far north in Peshawar to Bhutto’s power base in the city of Karachi and Sindh province,...
Many commentators say that Samina Malik was convicted of a 'thought crime'. In fact, the self-styled 'lyrical terrorist' was guilty of crossing a line that is defined in law and is being punished for doing so.