While global military campaigns are fighting terrorism on the ground, violent extremist networks are also active in the digital sphere. In this new era of information warfare and fake news, it has become increasingly important to focus on delivering information that is both factual and timely.
It is precisely for this reason that the Terrorism Joint Analysis Group (T-JAG) was formed at the GCSP in 2017.
The purpose of the T-JAG is to provide a more global approach to fighting terrorism. The group delivers timely analysis to both the public and private sectors on the global manifestations of terror. In doing so, it aims to bridge the gap between diplomats, military officers, policy makers, academics, and journalists who are active in the field of preventing violent extremism (PVE).
Our work involves:
- Monitoring and analysing the activities of extremist networks, both online and offline;
- Providing workshops and training on intelligence gathering, analysis, and open source investigations;
- Publishing reports on our findings about past, current, and future challenges;
- Organising dialogues and round table discussions about violent extremism in Europe and beyond;
- Engaging with partners in external conferences, workshops and other events; and
- Sharing information and cooperating with our audiences to reach a comprehensive understanding on specific topics;
Analysing and understanding terrorism is an art as much as a science; a knowledge as much as an expertise. The T-JAG beliefs in taking an interdisciplinary and practical approach, incorporating the wide variety of experts, knowledge and expertise that the GCSP has to offer.
The core team of the T-JAG consistently works together with the Fellows who joined the GCSP through the Global Fellowship Initiative. The team currently consists of manager Jean-Paul Rouiller, deputy and senior analyst Jean-Pierre Keller, and analyst Faisal Paktian, as well as GCSP Fellows Hafez AbuAdwan and Andreea Stoian Karadeli who work with the T-JAG at a large capacity to enhance the reach, expertise and capabilities of the group.
Jean-Paul Rouiller, Manager
Mr Jean-Paul Rouiller is the manager of the Terrorism-Joint Analysis Group (T-JAG) at the GCSP. His research focuses on understanding the complete structures, ideologies, modus-operandi and connections of local terrorist networks, Radical Islamic organizations, the ‘ethno-nationalists’ groups (eg. IRA, PKK, LTTE or ETA) and the remnants of the far-left (eg. 17N phantom group in Greece). As manager of T-JAG, Mr Rouiller has embarked on some of the most sophisticated research projects regarding Swiss and European Foreign Terrorist Fighters, the growing alt-right extremism, and the security and intelligence apparatus of the Islamic State. He has also been instrumental in the development of T-JAG’s highly appreciated intelligence analysis training courses that are based on his extensive research projects.
Prior to creating T-JAG in 2017, Mr Rouiller spent more than 20 years working in intelligence and counter-terrorism. He has previously worked with Swiss Intelligence Service as a country analyst, the Office of the Coordinator of Intelligence Services of Ambassador Jacques Pitteloud as Adviser on Homeland Security, and the Swiss Federal Office of Police (Fedpol) where he created and led the first four Counter-terrorism Unit within the Swiss Federal Criminal Police (SFCP). During this time, he also developed the structures and concepts of the first counter-terrorism analysis unit of the SFCP (in charge of intelligence collection and risk analysis in the field of counter-terrorism and terrorism). Immediately before creating T-JAG, Mr Rouiller created and managed the Geneva Centre for Training and Analysis of Terrorism (GCTAT).
Jean-Pierre Keller, Senior Analyst
Mr Jean-Pierre Keller is a Senior Analyst and Deputy of the Terrorism-Joint Analysis Group (T-JAG) at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP). His research focuses on local terrorist networks, terrorist financing and inter-related terrorism threats. In his role Jean-Pierre developed projects, teaches and lectures in intelligence/counter-terrorism analysis and management.
Prior to joining the GCSP, Jean-Pierre gained more than 25 years of experience in the financial sector. He had the opportunity to work as a Foreign Exchange trader, Portfolio Manager and later as an Investment Advisor for individuals and entrepreneurs based in the Sub-Saharan Africa countries, where he traveled on a regular basis.
Faisal Paktian, Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT)
Faisal Paktian is an Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) Analyst of the Terrorism-Joint Analysis Group (T-JAG). He is responsible for monitoring open-sources for T-JAG’s research projects and for finding the future issues in violent extremism, such as the ever-growing use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and blockchain-based software. He is mainly focused on the tech-security-development nexus with his interest being on understanding how tech-led solutions can help develop domestic and international systems to provide all humans with their basic security needs and create the space for the larger objectives of international development to occur. Faisal hold a master’s degree in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva, and two bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Geography from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver.
Hafez AbuAdwan, Global Fellowship Inititative Fellow
Hafez AbuAdwan is a fellow with the Global Fellowship Initiative at the GCSP and a Project Assistant with Small Arms Survey. He worked for several years with non-profit and for-profit NGOs and INGOs in Palestine, the USA, and Switzerland on topics focused on youth, peacebuilding, security, and development with a particular focus on Libya and the MENA region. His areas of interest are non-state armed actors, PVE, CVE, IHL, peacebuilding, and mediation. He was a FULBRIGHT scholar and holds two Masters degrees in peace education from the University of Massachusetts and in peace and conflict studies from the Graduate Institute in Geneva. He speaks Arabic, English and French.
Dr Andreea Stoian Karadeli, Independent Consultant
Dr. Andreea Stoian Karadeli is an independent expert, consultant with extensive experience in CT and national security and a collaborator with several organizations and institutions worldwide (NATO, UN, EU). Dr. Stoian Karadeli completed her PhD in National Security and Intelligence at Mihai Viteazul National Intelligence Academy, Romania. She is also a graduate from Exeter University, United Kingdom, where she studied a BA in Arabic and Middle East Studies and a Master of Research in Security, Conflict and Justice. Andreea Stoian Karadeli’s research is multidisciplinary with the main focus on the evolution of religiously inspired terrorism after the Arab Spring, with intensive work in Syria and Turkey and on the Daesh formation and evolution, radicalisation, foreign terrorist fighters and forensic profiling. Dr. Stoian Karadeli’s work on Daesh includes a complete database of Daesh’s activity in Turkey and EU member states during the period between 2014 and 2019. Dr. Stoian-Karadeli is an Associate Fellow at GCSP and a Visiting Researcher at the University of South Wales.
ISIS after the US repositioning in the Northeast of Syria: camps, women and children, and leadership revival (English), Jean-Pierre Keller, April 2020
ISIS after the US repositioning in the Northeast of Syria: camps, women and children, and leadership revival (Russian), Jean-Pierre Keller, April 2020
ISIS after the US repositioning in the Northeast of Syria: camps, women and children, and leadership revival (Arabic), Jean-Pierre Keller, April 2020
Handling the Iraqi Popular Mobilisation Forces In The Post-Islamic State Iraq, Faisal Paktian, November 2019.