Forcing the Issue

The most recent diplomatic rift between Sweden and Israel reveals several interesting issues.   Relations between the two countries have been strained since Sweden recognized the Palestinian State in 2014. Last week, during a Parliamentary debate, Swedish Foreign...

Perfect Storm in the Arab World

Over the past weeks, and for that matter months and years our television screens have featured Western experts trying to figure out the root cause behind fundamentalist Islamist terrorist attacks. We persist in trying to understand what’s happening through a Western...

Prisoner Ebb and Flow

The Netherlands is closing eight prisons this year due to its declining prisoner population. The trend is not new; prisons have been closing over the last decade.   For 150 years, the Het Arresthuis jail in the Netherlands housed criminals. Unused since 2007, it...

Organic Terrorism

The basis for combating ‘traditional’ terrorism has been to look for indicators in a terrorist’s method of operation. A sophisticated terrorist who is part of a larger operation, perhaps state sponsored, is looking to kill large numbers and is obliged to create and...

Drones

This summer, an 18 year old from Clinton, Connecticut built a drone mounted with a gun that he was able to shoot via remote control. His YouTube video showed it hovering and shooting off 4 rounds.  It allegedly got 2.5 million views (see video below). The local police...