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A Murder in Woolwich

May 29th, 2013, Comment & Analysis

Some things change, some stay the same. For the first time in eight years, after the London bombings of July 7, 2005, a British citizen has been killed on British soil in a radical extremist attack — this time in the gruesome slaying of an off-duty soldier in southeast London on May 22. Video footage of the bloodstained perpetrators and multiple eyewitness accounts suggest British citizens were again guilty of the crime. In both cases, the attackers’ motivations were expressed in the language of religion — specifically, Islam.

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Lessons from my talks with the Taliban

July 30th, 2012, Comment & Analysis


To judge by discussions I had with figures close to the Afghan Taliban in Dubai last week, on certain key issues the Taliban leadership and the US administration are far closer than most analysts believe. The chief obstacle to a peace settlement is likely to come not from Taliban links to al-Qaeda but rather from the question of how to divide up power within Afghanistan.

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Erik Brattberg

Visiting Fellow at Johns Hopkins University

July 10th, 2012, Afghanistan, Danish, Defense and Security, English, Europe, French, German, International Relations, Iraq, Israel, North America, North America, Northern Ireland, Norwegian, Politics and Governance, Spanish, Swedish, Terrorism, USA, War and Conflict


Erik Brattberg is a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C. He is also a Research Associate at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Stockholm.His research interests include European foreign and security policy, global security governance and transatlantic [...]

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MEDIA ALERT: French Police Capture Armed Man in Toulouse

June 20th, 2012, Media Alerts

Four people held hostage by a gunman in French city of Toulouse

TOULOUSE, FRANCE- French police have captured an armed man who took four hostages in a Toulouse bank Wednesday. According to French media reports, the man claimed allegiance to al-Qaeda and acted for religious reasons. The hostages have been released.

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MEDIA ALERT: Boko Haram claims responsibility for Nigerian suicide bombing

June 4th, 2012, Media Alerts


YELWA, NIGERIA – Islamist militant group Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing that killed at least 12 people Sunday. The bombing took place at a church in Yelwa near Nigeria’s northern Bauchi state.

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MEDIA ALERT: Turkey suicide car bomb kills policeman, injures several

May 25th, 2012, Media Alerts

ISTANBUL, TURKEY –A suicide car bomb exploded outside a police headquarters Friday killing one policeman and injuring several others, according to Turkey’s interior minister. The attack took place in the central Turkish province of Kayseri. No group has claimed immediate responsibility.

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