Terrorism / Counter-Terrorism

Following the Christchurch attack, it has become increasingly clear that in order to fully grasp today’s realities of terrorism, it is necessary to cast the net wider; this means examining specific trends, both emerging and continuing as they manifest themselves across the ideological spectrum.

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Our analysis of terrorism centres around the key topics of the contemporary threat landscape, such as emerging forms of extremism and their ideological fusion, whether there are differences in disrupting the radicalization process online, in prisons or local communities or understanding cooperation among terrorist and crime networks/actors. This also includes global-local jihadi within and beyond conflict zones/crisis hotspots - and how this connects to resistance and attacks against liberal democracies.

Given the adaptability, innovation and seeming resilience of terrorist movements and groups, it is often assumed that our responses to these threats are reactive rather than proactive – especially with the added uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and its diffused concomitant crises. But 18 years of the Global War on Terror and a significant investment in counter-terrorism practices have provided a myriad of insights and experiences– both practically and conceptually. These can benefit the debates on how to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on terrorism dynamics and the growing threat right-wing extremism poses to liberal society.

Through PERISCOPE we therefore seek to pool expertise from across Australia and Europe as two closely connected regions. Our aim is to critically examine key developments and existing methods and initiatives, including experiences from the operational level, in order to shed light on how current perspectives and practices could be further developed to meet evolving challenges.

Analysis Briefs

Analysis Papers

Digital Lens

Digital Snapshot

by Katja Theodorakis

“Officially a Terror Organization, Religiously or Ideologically Motivated, Online, Offline, ‘Onlife’?”

A number of interesting debates and developments in regards to extremism/terrorism have been taking place in Australia and New Zealand over recent weeks and months, all to varying degrees related to the Christchurch attack and touching on fundamental questions/ issues.

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Digital Snapshot

by Katja Theodorakis

FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY: 2020 HIGHLIGHTS AND LOOKING AHEAD

2020 is coming to a close and many of us in in the foreign policy and (national) security space may be reflecting back also on the key events of this tumultuous year. As a year marked by staggering impact of the pandemic, the upheavals created by the Trump presidency and his ensuing election loss, Australia’s deteriorating relationship with China, 2020 was not necessarily flanked by too many optimistic takes on world events. Yet, as the US is holding out for the Biden presidency to usher in a new chapter for the country, we also hold high hopes for 2021.

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Publication

By Katja Theodorakis, Leanne Close & Dr Daniel H Heinke

ASPI-KAS SPECIAL REPORT

The report focuses on the overarching theme of the 2020 Australia-Europe Counter-Terrorism dialogue - building national resilience, including consideration of the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the dynamics of violent extremism and terrorism - and connects to the issues discussed at the 5th Dialogue in Europe in 2019.

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Digital Snapshot

By Katja Theodorakis

‘Tending that Garden’ – Australia’s New Cybersecurity Strategy Amidst a Changing International Society

"It’s fair to say that in 2020, our ‘international society’ is under strain. The reaction of some has been to fret about the weakening of the rules-based international order. Fair enough.

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Publication

By Katja Theodorakis & Dr Isaac Kfir

ASPI-KAS SPECIAL REPORT

A Special Report detailing the findings of our 4th Australia-Europe Counter-Terrorism Dialogue, published in cooperation with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI).

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Publication

By Katja Theodorakis & Dr Isaac Kfir

ASPI-KAS SPECIAL REPORT

February 2018 3rd Australia-Europe Counter-Terrorism Dialogue: ‘Transforming the New Threat Landscape’ Europe and Australia are connected in many ways. As liberal democratic societies, they share a common normative foundation of values that set the parameters for what the state may or may not do.…

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Publication

By Jacinta Carroll & Dr Beatrice Gorawantschy

ASPI-KAS SPECIAL REPORT

November 2016 ASPI–KAS 2nd Australia–Europe Counter-Terrorism Dialogue The issues discussed in the dialogue are covered in this special report. While the dialogue operated under the Chatham House rule for the non-attribution of personal comments and views, this report brings together the key issues and themes including countering violent extremism; the homegrown terrorist threat and countering online messaging; countering terrorism and lessons learned; Counter-Terrorism strategy and architecture; border security; future Australian–European CT cooperation.…

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