Private Military and Security Companies: An Interview with Christopher Spearin

Defence and security expert Christopher Spearin discusses the use of private military and security companies by states and the implications of this trend for international security. Q. A series of examples in recent conflicts – such as the US’ use of contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan and Russia’s reliance on mercenaries in Ukraine and Syria […]

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Interview: Christopher Anzalone

Expert on jihadi-insurgency groups Christopher Anzalone talks about the recent activity of Al-Shabaab and the effectiveness of the counter measures against the group. Q. Recently, there were two major attacks on civilian targets in Mogadishu, Somalia. The first was the third-deadliest act of terrorism in recorded history. Whilst Al-Shabaab has yet to admit or deny […]

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Interview: Alexander Thurston

Alexander Thurston, specialist in militant Islamism, discusses the history and evolution of Boko Haram. Q. Boko Haram: The History of an African Jihadist Movement, your new book, offers a comprehensive history of one of the world’s deadliest jihadist groups. Who are Boko Haram and what are the origins of this group? Boko Haram originated in north-eastern Nigeria […]

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