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Kakehashi Trip Report #4: JICA Officials Share Perspectives on the Security-Development Nexus in East Africa

During my independent research for the Kakehashi Project, I met with officials from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to discuss Japan’s development assistance to East Africa. We specifically addressed the emerging nexus between Japan’s security and development initiatives in the region. Since 1967, the Government of Japan (GoJ) has been managing defense trade exports […]

A Credible Radioactive Threat to the Sochi Olympics?

With the Sochi Olympics set to start on February 6th there has been an escalating concern about security threats to the Games. There are hunts for female suicide bombers (“black widows”), video threats from militant groups, etc., all of which have triggered a massive Russian security response, including statements by President Putin insuring the safety […]

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Radioactive Theft in Mexico: What a Thief Doesn’t Know Can Kill Him

While the theft of a truck carrying radioactive cobalt made international headlines, this was unfortunately not the first time thieves or scavengers have exposed themselves or others to lethal radiation. Probably the most infamous case was on September 13, 1987 in Goiania, Brazil. Scavengers broke into an abandoned medical clinic and stole a disused teletherapy […]

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The New Nuclear Deterrent

What comes to mind when you think of a nuclear deterrent? Mutually assured destruction? Hangars full of warheads? A big red button? During the cold war the United States and the Soviet Union amassed gargantuan arsenals of nuclear weapons, each threatening to rain unimaginable devastation down on the other should they attack. This horrific prospect […]

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Thank goodness for our schools

Just a short piece this week – the holiday has kept things pretty busy and I’m jotting this down before leaving for a professional meeting. One of the less-covered of recent terrorism-related stories is almost too bizarre to be true – the arrest of some guys in New York (near Albany) who were apparently trying […]

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Radiological Ray Gun: More Buck Rogers Fantasy than Risk to Real People

The June 18th arrest of two men for allegedly plotting to build a bizarre yet potentially deadly radiological device once again highlights the potential nexus of non-state actors with so-called weapons of mass destruction (WMD). However, much like this year’s troika of ricin-laced letters addressed to government facilities (including one to the CIA) and public […]

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Learn the Trade Craft of Terrorism Analysis

Event: Workshop on Terrorism Analysis

In July, Charles P. Blair, FAS’s Senior Fellow on State and Non-State Threats, will be hosting an in-depth workshop at George Mason University titled Terrorism Analysis: Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methodologies and Tools. This non-credit course introduces participants to a variety of quantitative and qualitative methodologies for the study of terrorism. Over two days, participants are […]

Confronting Emerging Security Challenges: A Call for Ontological Coherence

By Michael Edward Walsh The concept of emerging security challenges is not new. Mankind has always had to adapt to novel scientific and technological innovations that have changed the nature of war and violence within society. The sudden focus on emerging security challenges is then not driven by their mere emergence but rather by the […]

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Pascal’s Wager

I had to work full-time through my undergraduate degree (through grad school too, but that’s not relevant here) and most of my electives were taken because a class fit my schedule rather than because I was interested in the class. So when I showed up for the first day of Philosophy 101 I have to [...]

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After the Pulse: Musings about EMP

Some of you might remember a short-lived television series called Dark Angel, which aired on the Fox network for two seasons (2000-2002). The series’ backstory included the premise that a terrorist group set off a high-altitude nuclear burst that destroyed most of the United States’ electronic and communications infrastructure, plunging the nation into chaos. Recently, [...]

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