Terrorism & Counterterrorism


A Failure of Personalised Services: Prioritising Regime Security over Public Safety 

Despite its vigilant security apparatus with extensive surveillance networks, Russia was unable to prevent the terrorist attack on the concert hall close to its capital. The question is why it failed. Why is the Federal Security Service (FSB), tasked with combating terrorism, now downplaying the involvement of the Islamic State? What effect will this tragedy have on Putin’s regime? To address these questions, it is essential to understand Russia’s distinctive approach to counterterrorism.

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Stabilising the Sahel. The Role of International Military Operations

The key question of this analysis is whether EU and/or NATO allies, including Estonia, would be willing and able to continue to support international efforts in Sahel (including military operations and missions – MINUSMA, EUTM and Barkhane), in particular following the Covid-19 pandemic. It is addressed to civilian and military decision makers and experts, especially in the countries that contribute to international military operations and missions in the Sahel.

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Global Terrorism Index 2016

On February 9th, ICDS hosted the presentation of the new edition of the Global Terrorism Index (GTI) by the Institute for Economics and Peace (Sydney, Australia). The 2016 publication is the fourth edition spanning from 2000-2015 and drawing from the Global Terrorism Database of the University of Maryland – the most comprehensive database of terrorist activities globally, which includes more than 150,000 incidents related to terrorism. The GTI 2016 is a comprehensive study analysing the impact of terrorism for 163 countries, covering 99.7 per cent of the world’s population. Following the opening remarks by Ms. Anneli Vares, counter-terrorism policy coordinator at the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the GTI 2016 was presented by Mr. Serge Stroobants, European Representative of the Institute for Economics and Peace.

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Presentation of Global Terrorism Index 2016

Global Terrorism Index (GTI) is published by the Institute of Economics and Peace and provides a comprehensive summary of the key global trends and patterns in terrorism with a special emphasis on how to effectively address the threat of terrorism.

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