President Obama didn't stop by Detachment 88 Headquarters during his recent visit to Indonesia, but if he had he would have gained valuable insights into strategies to defeat terrorists before they reach the battlefield. Detachment 88 is Indonesian police's counter-terrorism unit, and they've had both notable successes and failures in their efforts against the al Qaeda affiliated Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) group ? all of which provide important counter-terrorism lessons for everyone else. I spent time in the unit's offices during a trip to South-East Asia with a team from the Qatar International Academy for Security Studies (QIASS) tasked with analyzing terrorism risk reduction strategies...
"Too early to tell," was the alleged famed response from Chinese Prime Minister Chou En-Lai in 1972 to U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger's question on the effect of the 1789 French Revolution. It's possible that some 183 years from now statesmen will give a similar answer about the long term effect of the November 28, 2010, publication by Wikileaks of some 250,000 confidential U.S. diplomatic cables...
If you rely on headlines and partisan politicians for news, you'd be forgiven for believing that the just-concluded civilian trial of former Guantanamo detainee, Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, was, as Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) described, "a total miscarriage of justice." It wasn't - certainly not in the way King and others may mean...
President Barack Obama may have upset many Brits when he entered the White House by unceremoniously kicking Winston Churchills bust out of the Oval Office, but a real test of how he views the "special relationship" may come in the near future. That test is whether hed support Britain in a war against Argentina over the Falkland Islands...
A retired assistant chief constable who was once in charge of policing Drumcree has been praised for his role as part of a team of international security experts whose ground-breaking report will provide direction for countries seeking to gain the upper-hand in the fight against terrorism. Former RUC and PSNI ACC Stephen White, who now works for QIASS (Qatar International Academy for Security Studies], was a member of its project team which presented a key report Extremist Violence Risk Reduction for the 79th Interpol general assembly...