With Anjem Choudary in jail, will his al-Muhajiroun terror network collapse?

A post on an old topic for a new outlet, a new British radio station called Talk Radio that asked for some speculation about what happens to al Muhajiroun now that Anjem Choudary has been jailed. Probably not a huge amount, but undoubtedly the loss of their star performer will have some knock on effect […] Read more »

The least bad way to imprison extremists

A final piece on the Anjem Choudary jailing, this time for the Telegraph. Am sure in due course there will be more about him, though hopefully this conviction will keep him quiet for a while. Aside from this, it has been a fairly quiet August which have been keeping myself busy with lots of other […] Read more »

How to avoid nuclear fallout and become equal partners with China

Some belated posting of which I have a bit to do, this one for the Telegraph about the furore around the Hinkey Power Plant deal and China-UK relations. A difficult topic which is still in a very complex phase. Been trying to finish some very delayed writing projects that is keeping me busy and has […] Read more »

How Long Will The UK Be Spared An Extremist Attack?

Catching up on posting late again, this time an article for Newsweek looking at why the UK has not yet faced an attack in the current wave we see sweeping across Europe. How Long Will the UK be Spared an Extremist Attack? The United Kingdom threat level from international terrorism is currently set at “severe.” […] Read more »

The Islamic State Threat to Britain: Evidence from Recent Terror Trials

A new piece for the CTC Sentinel looking at recent terrorist attack planning in the UK, trying to identify the specific nature of the threats. For the most part, there has been little evidence at trial of direct attack planning though it certainly is something that lurks in the background of a couple. Undoubtedly a […] Read more »

Calibrating a Commonwealth-wide response to terrorism

Catching up on some old posting again, this from a piece that was co-authored with RUSI colleague Dr Sasha Jesperson for a special publication issued for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting that just took place in Malta. Thanks to Sasha for taking the lead on this one! Calibrating a Commonwealth-wide response to Terrorism Terrorism […] Read more »

Radicals become the killers within

And in a second piece, this time from Monday’s Times, looking at the phenomenon of homegrown radicalisation, this time in the context of Mohammed Emwazi, as well as the Paris attacks. Radicals become the killers within Mohammed Emwazi was drawn to radical ideas in his youth Analysis Raffaello Pantucci Last updated at 12:01AM, November 16 […] Read more »

Extremism: focus on the positive

Am now finally catching up on myself, with a short piece done yesterday for Prospect in response to Prime Minister Cameron’s speech at his party conference yesterday. Am also using this moment to also catch up on media posting, I spoke to the Press Association about ISIS and the UK’s response, to the Guardian about […] Read more »

ISIS, Terrorism and the UK

And a final catch-up piece, this time a chapter in a report colleagues (Liz and Jonathan) at RUSI pulled together looking at the UK government’s response to the threat from ISIS. The whole thing is available here for free, but I have pasted the first few paragraphs here to give you a flavour. V. ISIS, […] Read more »

Al-Muhajiroun’s European Recruiting Pipeline

After a period of silence, a couple of new pieces, the first for the CTC Sentinel, West Point’s excellent counter-terrorism journal. This one looks at the pernicious influence of al Muhajiroun, Anjem Choudhary and Omar Bakri Mohammed’s group across Europe. It is a subject a lot more could be written about, and the volume of […] Read more »