Small Wars Journal


The Holy Month of Jihad? Measuring Terrorist Activity During Ramadan in the Post-9/11 Era. SWJED Wed, 07/04/2018 - 6:48am
There is a lack of clear causation between the holy month and terrorist attacks. Although individual months of Ramadan have been especially violent, the fact that they are rarely the most violent months of the year shows that to claim a clear causation is inaccurate.
Al-Qaeda – “The Forgotten” SWJED Sun, 07/01/2018 - 12:39pm
The death of Osama bin Laden ended one of the longest manhunts in U.S. history and was a satisfying moment for all those who had participated in the decades-long endeavor, but it did not result in the dissolution of al-Qaeda. Unlike many terror groups, al-Qaeda is a many-headed organization, making it capable of surviving even the death of its founder.
The Dynamic Field of Terrorist Weapons Options SWJED Sat, 06/23/2018 - 12:27am
Recent trends in the use of weapons by terrorist, extremist or violent attackers points to a dynamic field of options, representing a spectrum from the highly complex to the simple weaponization of common everyday items. Rather than a linear progression from the simple to the complex, or devolution from the complex to the simple, there is an elastic set of polar options, that attackers range between.
2018 Ramadan Radicals: Revenge and Redemption - Potential Actors, Motivators, and Dates SWJED Thu, 04/26/2018 - 7:23pm
Ramadan is an opportunity to encourage and initiate increased attacks, suicide bombings, and carnage against perceived enemies around the world, regardless of nationality, location, or religious affiliation. Virtually everything about these attacks and the motivation behind them goes against the core teaching of the Qur'an.
Jihadi Generations: Strategies Used for Weaponizing Children (Part 1) SWJED Tue, 04/24/2018 - 12:17am
Violent extremist groups are using all methods possible to wage a successful long-term campaign using children. These groups infiltrate existing systems, threaten and radicalize important players, use extreme forms of violence to attack those they perceive as non-compliant. No foundation of society is off limits.
Bangladesh: The New Nexus for Transnational Terrorism SWJED Mon, 11/06/2017 - 9:40am

The expanding terrorist footprint in Bangladesh may result in the small nation becoming an Islamic militant sanctuary and a launching pad for future transnational terrorist attacks.

ETA: From Dictatorship to Democracy SWJED Fri, 11/03/2017 - 2:30am

The case study of ETA offers a unique opportunity to assess the strategy and ideology of both the state and the terrorist organization in the context of dictatorship and democracy.

European Security Threats and Challenges: An Examination of Mass Migration, Its Impact on European Security and Practical Policy Recommendations SWJED Wed, 10/25/2017 - 3:46pm

This paper aims to examine the issues of mass migration to Europe, its impact on European security and provide practical policy recommendations.