Global Militarisation Index 2014

Release date: 2014-12 PDF-Download German (4.64 MB) English (4.63 MB) Authors Jan Grebe Editors Susanne Heinke Research theme Arms production and political economy Arms transfers and arms control The Global Militarisation Index (GMI) depicts the relative weight and importance of the military apparatus of one state in relation to its society as a whole. The…

The Calm Before the Storm

Why Volatility Signals Stability, and 
Vice Versa By Nassim Nicholas Taleb and Gregory F. Treverton
 From our January/February 2015 Issue   The aftermath of an airstrike in Aleppo, November 2014. (Rami Zayat / Courtesy Reuters) Even as protests spread across the Middle East in early 2011, the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria appeared immune…

Dabiq: What Islamic State’s New Magazine Tells Us about Their Strategic Direction, Recruitment Patterns and Guerrilla Doctrine

Publication: Volume: 0 Issue: 0 August 1, 2014 03:38 PM Age: 17 days By: Michael W. S. Ryan Dabiq Magazine (Source: Twitter user @umOmar246) Executive Summary On the first day of Ramadan (June 28), the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) declared itself the new Islamic State and the new Caliphate (Khilafah). For the…

Unmasked: The smiling chief executioner who dares to bare his face in gruesome videos because he revels in the notoriety of being a Jihadist poster boy

  Shakir Wahiyib appears on camera executing prisoners without disguise The hardline terrorist also interrogates prisoners during his films Videos show him with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades  He is said to be attracting female admirers from across the Middle East Warning: Graphic content By Darren Boyle and Damien Gayle Published: 00:59 GMT, 15 June…