EU’s security crisis and the lack of response by the authorities

by Giovanni Giacalone

The security situation in Italy and in Europe in general is far from under control, that is an evident fact and the wave of violence that has marked various countries since the beginning of September is a sign that should not be underestimated by the authorities….

Terrorist Psychological Campaigns enhanced by Artificial Intelligence technologies and their neutralization

The capabilities of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning are growing at an unprecedented rate and leading terrorist organizations try and will try more to use Big Data, prognostic weapons and AI as efficient instruments in their asymmetric warfare efforts through Internet.

Islam in Russia and the fight against terrorism: meeting with Albir Krganov

(Map: Islam in Russia and distribution of Muslims in the country. Source: Arena Atlas 2012)

by Giuliano Bifolchi

Islam is the nation’s second most widely professed religion in the Russian Federation. According to official data and the nationwide survey, the number of Muslims in Russia is approximately 20 million people. In the capital Moscow there are four mosques while in the entire country the number of mosques is around 8 thousand. The Russian president Vladimir Putin stated that Russia is a Muslim country which sits as an Observer State in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and traditional Islam is an essential part of the country’s spiritual life….

How jihadists proliferate in the Libyan chaos

(Military situation in Libya April in 2019. Source: 21st Century Wire)

by Giovanni Giacalone

The current confrontation in Libya between general Khalifa Haftar’s forces and Fayez Al-Sarraj’s militias is a further phase of a conflict that has entered its 8th year after the overthrow of former leader Muhammar Ghedafi in 2011. A longstanding civil war that shows major international interference on behalf of Middle East actors on both sides as al-Sarraj’s forces are supported by Qatar and Turkey while Haftar is backed by UAE, Egypt and Saudi Arabia….

Seminar “Islam and counter-terrorism strategy in Russia”: summary

On April 4th, 2019 the Department of History, Cultural Heritage, Education and Society of the Faculty of Literature and Philosophy of the University of Rome Tor Vergata hosted the seminar “Islam and counter-terrorism strategy in Russia” in partnership with the association Ricerca Continua with the purpose of underlining terrorist threats in Russia and the Kremlin’s strategy to contrast radicalisation and jihadist propaganda….

Russian strategy to contrast terrorism and cooperation with EU: interview with Darya Bazarkina

The Russian Federation has been affected by terrorism and violent attacks since the ’90s during the years of the Chechen conflicts and later due to the affirmation of the Caucasus Emirate in the North Caucasus, a terrorist organisation which wanted to create an Emirate in the North Caucasus region and organised several terrorist attacks in entire Russia. After the rise of the Islamic State, Russia has experienced terrorist threats and attacks on its soil and nowadays the main risk is the return of foreign fighters to their homeland who, after having fought in the Middle East and North Africa, have the experience to organise guerilla warfare on the Russian soil….

Research Seminar on strategic communication, geopolitics and terrorism in Saint Petersburg

On November 6, 2017, the Saint Petersburg State University hosted the Research Seminar “Information and Psychological Confrontation in the Modern World” with the media and academic support of ASRIE – Association of Studies, Research and Internationalization in Eurasia and Africa, the International Center for Socio-Political Research and Consulting (ICSPSC) and the communications agency SAPMAR….

EU-Russia relations and NATO’s influence. Interview with Professor Oleg Ivanov

The Russian Federation and the European Union are two principal actors in the international arena. The Ukrainian Crisis has deteriorated the relations between Moscow and Brussels, and nowadays Russia and the Eu are more enemies than friends and oriented to the confrontation than cooperation. Collaboration between Russia and Eu is necessary if the two sides would like to overcome the socio-economic problems which have been affecting the two parties in the last years: economic crisis after the oil price crash in 2014, the terrorist threat by the Islamic State and al-Qaeda, and the immigration phenomenon….

Big Data and the Terrorist Threats

The absence of application of perspective technologies by terrorists owing to inaccessibility or an insufficient level of their development is not a reason to self-complacency. Inaccessibility of any weapon has a temporal and passing character, as well as a level of development of technologies insufficient for practical application. Advancing strategy in use of perspective technologies to counteract terrorism is urgently in need. It means:…