Will there be peace for Afghanistan?

Hamad Momin What does the return of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar mean for Afghanistan? Signing of Peace Accord with HIA Afghanistan signed a landmark peace deal with the Islamic Party known as Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan, allowing for the group’s leader, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, to return to his country. Hekmatyar returned to the capital of Afghanistan in early May of…

Das «Kalifat» ist am Ende, der IS nicht

Neue Zürcher Zeitung Schlacht um Mosul und Rakka Kommentar von Daniel Steinvorth 25.6.2017, 07:00 Uhr Das vor drei Jahren ausgerufene islamistische «Kalifat» steht mit den Schlachten um Mosul und Rakka vor dem Zusammenbruch. Als ordinäre Terrororganisation kann der IS aber noch lange überleben. Mosul, die irakische Hauptstadt des IS, steht kurz vor dem Fall. (Bild:…

France starts inquiry into LafargeHolcim’s Syria activities: source

Reuters Tue Jun 13, 2017 FILE PHOTO: The logo of LafargeHolcim is seen at its headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, March 2, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo France has launched a judicial inquiry into the Syrian activities of cement and construction group LafargeHolcim, a judicial source said on Tuesday, investigating the “financing of terrorist enterprise” and endangering…

U.S. Cyberweapons, Used Against Iran and North Korea, Are a Disappointment Against ISIS

By DAVID E. SANGER and ERIC SCHMITT JUNE 12, 2017 National Security Agency headquarters in Fort Meade, Md. Operation Glowing Symphony, launched against the Islamic State, was initially deemed a success because battlefield videos disappeared, but the results were temporary. Credit Jim Lo Scalzo/European Pressphoto Agency WASHINGTON — America’s fast-growing ranks of secret cyberwarriors have…

Unintended consequences of multilateral targeted sanctions — Case Study: Libya 2011 until today

GENEVA CENTRE FOR SECURITY POLICY – GLOBAL STUDIES INSTITUTE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF GENEVA Université de Genève – University of Geneva   Abstract   This paper examines the unintended consequences of multilateral targeted sanctions in Libya from 2011 until today. It relies on two sets of theories: the generic complexity theory and the security governance…

U.S. military cyber operation to attack ISIS last year sparked heated debate over alerting allies

Washington Post By Ellen Nakashima May 9 A secret global operation by the Pentagon late last year to sabotage the Islamic State’s online videos and propaganda sparked fierce debate inside the government over whether it was necessary to notify countries that are home to computer hosting services used by the extremist group, including U.S. allies…

Jihadi Brides or Female Foreign Fighters? Women in Da´esh: from Recruitment to Sentencing

28 April  2017 By Ester E.J. Strømmen for Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) According to Ester Strømmen, gendered perceptions of violence and extremism affect how women in Da’esh have been described, presented, and subsequently treated. Indeed, those that have escaped the group’s clutches have received shorter sentences or pardons in courts of law, and they…