Terrorism and COVID-19: Are We Over-Estimating the Threat?

By |2020-06-25T15:07:30-10:00June 25th, 2020|Categories: External Publications, news, Mullins|Tags: , |

“Terrorism and COVID-19: Are We Over-Estimating the Threat?” is a new article by DKI APCSS professor Dr. Sam Mullins for the Small Wars Journal. In this article, Mullins looks at if and how terrorists are using the COVID-19 pandemic to further their goals. “There is an established tendency to interpret everything that violent extremists and terrorists now do through the lens of the coronavirus pandemic. Almost invariably, this is done in such a way as to magnify our perception of the threat. But is this really an accurate assessment?" asked Mullins in his paper. Read the full article on the Small [...]

CTGo Podcast Looks at Right-Wing Terrorism

By |2020-06-03T14:39:07-10:00June 1st, 2020|Categories: news, CTGo|Tags: , , , |

View/Download Edited Transcript Recently, Dr. Sam Mullins interviewed retired FBI Special Agent Tom O’Connor as part of a new CTGO! podcast. In it they discussed the growing problem of right-wing terrorism. Their discussion covered the growth and history of these groups, what motivates them, and what next steps they recommend the US government take to help fight it. The interview took place on May 15th, 2020 (just a few days before the world’s first incel terrorism charge in Canada, and an incel-inspired shooting took place at an Arizona mall). CTGo! is led by a group of counter terrorism [...]

Coronavirus, Terrorism, and Illicit Activity in the Indo-Pacific

By |2020-04-03T14:40:36-10:00April 2nd, 2020|Categories: Faculty Articles, Lumbaca, Journal|Tags: , , |

“Coronavirus, Terrorism, and Illicit Activity in the Indo-Pacific” by J. “Lumpy” Lumbaca is a new Security Nexus perspective looking at how terrorist organizations and others involved in illicit activities are taking advantage of the spread of COVID-19. Here is an excerpt of his article: “Those involved in illicit activities are taking advantage of an environment where nations across the region are focused on immediate health threats over security. The Islamic State (IS) has described the global pandemic as painful torment inflicted upon “crusader nations.” The latest issue of IS’ al-Naba newsletter encourages jihadists to free prisoners and devise new attacks while [...]

Sam Mullins

By |2019-10-31T15:06:24-10:00October 15th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , |

Dr. Sam Mullins joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) in August 2019. Prior to joining DKI APCSS, Dr. Mullins spent the previous seven years as a professor of counter-terrorism at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, during which time he contributed to the professional education of more than a thousand counter-terrorism (CT) and security practitioners from around the globe, and participated in CT outreach activities in some two dozen countries. In recognition of his efforts he was awarded the Superior Civilian Service Award in March 2019.Dr. Mullins has [...]

Assoc. Prof. Lumbaca publishes an article on the changing landscape of terrorism

By |2019-10-24T10:08:11-10:00April 19th, 2019|Categories: Faculty, College, Opinions/Editorials, Independent Faculty Articles, External Publications, Lumbaca, news|Tags: , , |

DKI APCSS Associate Professor Lt. Col. J. “Lumpy” Lumbaca published an article in Small Wars Journal recently entitled “Indo-Pacific Terrorism: What to expect for the foreseeable future.” The article addresses the influence of the Islamic State on terrorists, the effective use of technologies to increase the sophistication in terror attacks and a multitude of other factors that have changed the terrorist landscape in the past two decades. Excerpt: The advancements here are more about hardware, tactics, techniques, and procedures used by terrorists to make attacks more deadly.  The May 2018 Islamic State-linked Jamaah Ansharut Daulah suicide bombings in Surabaya demonstrated the [...]

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