Terrorism incidents are on the rise. Since June 2017 there have already been many global incidents across eight countries - many of them in the name of the Islamic State.
Terrorism is striking into vulnerable urban settings as has been recently witnessed by deadly attacks in Manchester, London, Kabul and Teheran. In Africa, terrorism has become the most important challenge to peace, security and development. Terrorism is being fought on the ground and in the digital sphere.
Global military campaigns are fighting terrorism on the ground but terrorism is also being waged online in the digital sphere. In this new era of “information warfare, crisis communication, and fake news” it has become increasingly important to focus on delivering information that is both factual and timely.
For many years the GCSP already has had expertise in Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE). The GCSP will continue its important work on prevention in the PVE domain by training-up government officials, civil society, the international community and promoting dialogue events both online with its new PVE platform as well as offline.
Adding expertise on Counter-Terrorism (CTE) will provide a more holistic approach to fighting terrorism through a new initiative called: T-JAG (Terrorism Joint Analysis Group). The core mission of T-JAG is to deliver timely analysis to both the public and private sectors, on the global manifestations of terror.
The choice of the name is a reminder that the T-JAG incorporates people, knowledge, and expertise of multiple programs available at GCSP. Analyzing and understanding terrorism is an art as much as a science; a knowledge as much as an expertise. These principles are at the core of the T-JAG philosophy. Analyzing terrorism, with the clear goal of understanding it needs a clear mapping of the structures, leading figures and modus operandi. The T-JAG will focus on training, analysis, and dialogue. It plans on using innovative methods and tools for analysis that have been developed in Political Science, Ethnology, Anthropology, Psychology, Network Analysis, Intelligence and Forensic Science.