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The Combating Terrorism Exchange staff are happy to bring you the February 2012 issue of CTX.

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Measuring a Government’s Capacity to Fight Terrorism

Along the path to any strategic end, leaders are obliged to ask whether that path is leading them to the outcome they seek.  The answer to this question may not always be clear.  Measuring the effectiveness of any strategy is difficult.  As  reflected  in  the  growing  body  of  literature  on  measurement,  the  challenge  is  not  measuring  effort  but  results. Measuring  effectiveness,  especially  in  fighting  terrorism,  can  only  be  based  on  how  we  evaluate  the  results  of  our efforts, particularly at the political level...

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The Fifth CISM Military World Games

The success of the fifth Conseil Internationale du Sport Militaire (CISM) Military World Games, conducted in July 2011 in several cities of Rio de Janeiro State, demonstrated Brazil’s ability to provide security for a massive sporting event. The 2011 Games involved 6,000 athletes from 114 countries who are members of the military; these events are held every four years as part of CISM’s efforts to fulfill its motto: “Friendship Through Sport.” ...

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Radicalization in Light of the Developments in Egypt

In the decade after 9/11, many countries perceived terrorism and especially Islamic terrorism as one of the main threats to national and international security and stability.16 The Greater Middle East was perceived as a region where Al Qaeda and similar organizations had the strongest foothold...

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Combating Terrorism: A Ugandan Perspective

“Uganda is truly the pearl of Africa,” said Sir Winston Churchill. Many people would agree with that description, saying this small country in Eastern Africa that lies on the equator has been blessed with the best nature can offer humanity. However, that endowment has not prevented Uganda from suffering terrorist threats  and acts. Local terrorists orchestrated  the  attacks, while  most  of the threats came  from  international  terrorist  groups.  Because  of  these  actions and threats, the Ugandan Parliament enacted the Anti-Terrorism Act in 2002, shortly after the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. ...

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The Forgotten Jihadist

Much  ink  has  been  spilled  recently  about  the  potential impact  of  the  deaths  of  Osama  Bin  Laden  and  Anwar  al-Awlaki.    Analysts,   pundits,   experts,   and   others   have widely  questioned  whether  their  deaths  increase  the  li kelihood of terror attacks in the short term, whether they will  cause  the  jihadist  movement  to  fracture  and  fray, whether they will, in the longer term, lead to the demise of the movement for which the men were great symbols.  ...

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The Written Word: Rock the Casbah

Ten years after 9/11, Robin Wright provides a fresh look at the Islamic world and how it has changed in the past decade. Her well-documented and in-depth account is informed by Wright's decades of experience covering the Middle East for a wide range of news outlets...

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Q&A with Eric Schmitt

On the 6th of December 2011 Eric Schmitt the coauthor with Thom Shanker of Counterstrike visited the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey to talk about his new book Eric Schmitt is a senior writer who covers terrorism and national security is sues for The New York Times and has shared two Pulitzer Prizes During his visit at the NPS an international student from the Norwegian Army Major Lars Lilleby con ducted the following interview ...

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The Moving Image: Top Ten War Movies

A Top Ten list of motion pictures about Irregular Warfare and Special Operations has an objective similar to reading lists There are literally thousands of war movies so it helps to narrow the field and offer a few titles of particular note to military professionals and students Also common viewing creates a basis of discussion as with common reading of select books...

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Ethics & Insights

Let me offer the outline of a very general but common case study. A subordinate witnesses a peer or a superior doing something that is patently wrong The wrong being committed is a prosecutable act...

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  • SALLY BAHO, Copy Editor
  • LAYOUT AND DESIGN, Graduate Education Advancement Center, Naval Postgraduate School


  • VICTOR ASAL, University of Albany SUNY
  • CHRIS HARMON, Marine Corps University
  • TROELS HENNINGSEN, Royal Danish Defense College
  • PETER MCCABE, Joint Special Operations University
  • RAJAN RAVINDRAN, Indian Army (Ret.)
  • IAN C. RICE, US Army (Ret.)
  • ANNA SIMONS, Naval Postgraduate School
  • SHYAMSUNDER TEKWANI, Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies
  • CRAIG WHITESIDE, Naval War College


  • AMINA KATOR-MUBAREZ, Naval Postgraduate School