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The Combating Terrorism Exchange staff are happy to bring you the February 2015 issue of CTX.

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Hizb-ut-Tahrir: The New Islamic State

While the world’s attention is fixed on the activities of the dangerous and ruthless Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, or simply IS), there is another militant organization worthy of serious attention. Hizb-ut-Tahrir (HuT), or the Party of Liberation, is a radical Islamist group that, like IS, calls for the uniting of ...

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Factors for the Success of Jihadist Information Operations in Social Media

No one questions that terrorists in general, and jihadists in particular, use the internet as their main propaganda tool. Not only have the quantity and quality of the information that jihadists  upload evolved over time with the development of  the internet, but the strategies used by such groups and individuals to spread their ideology ...

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Sustainability of the Afghan Security Forces: A Wicked Problem

Aside from the challenges associated with establishing and maintaining security within Afghanistan, government officials are faced with the additional and equally complex task of implementing and maintaining appropriate sustainability measures over the longer term. In this paper, we explore the subject of Afghan security force  ...

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Understanding the Intensity of Boko Haram’s Terrorism

Few militant organizations have gained global prominence as rapidly as Boko Haram (BH), owing to its characteristically unrestrained violence. Research on BH has therefore bourgeoned equally quickly. The Nigerian government, with support from regional states and ...

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This interview is taken from the collection of the Combating Terrorism Archive Project (CTAP). On 16 October 2014, Dr. Leo Blanken spoke with photojournalist Robert Nickelsberg about Nickelsberg’s experiences over the past three decades working for Time magazine and the New York Times. Specializing in cultural and political change...

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SERE on the Silver Screen:  The “war movie” genre, typified by tales of face-to-face combat, offers an additional perspective on courage and endurance in human conflict: the prisoner-of-war (POW) film. Stories of criminals (or unjustly sentenced innocents) who are incarcerated and who escape from civil prisons are longstanding favorites in American cinema.

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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