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  • Neha Chauhan asked: What is the difference between a terrorist, a militant and a radical?

    Adil Rasheed replies: The words terrorist, militant and radical are not identical in meaning and should not be used interchangeably. Although there may not be consensus over a common definition, there is a great deal of consensus over the conceptual and essential constituents of the term.

    According to India’s The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), 1967, a terrorist refers to

    Debashish Mohanty asked: What is the difference between state terrorism and state-sponsored terrorism?

    Adil Rasheed replies: There are many definitions of terrorism, yet none has been universally accepted as yet. Today, security experts usually focus on the more accepted features of terrorism and then classify its sub-types, such as non-state terrorism, state terrorism or state-sponsored terrorism.

    Al-Qaeda vs ISIS: Competitive Extremism and Turf Wars

    Al-Qaeda and ISIS have attempted to monopolise the transnational jihadist movement and emerge as the sole vanguard of the Ummah (community).

    May 23, 2023

    The Silhouette of Indonesia’s Foreign Returned Terrorist Fighters

    Indonesia needs a robust policy response vis-à-vis Foreign Returned Terrorist Fighters in terms of their integration, dismantling of networks, and regular monitoring of their activities.

    May 23, 2023

    Towards an Epistemic Understanding of Radicalism, Extremism and Terrorism

    The persistence of conceptual confusion regarding terms associated with terrorism impedes the legitimacy and effectiveness of counter-terrorism campaigns.

    May 02, 2023

    Terrorism Trends: 2023 and Beyond

    New and emerging technologies are increasingly being used for fulfilling terrorist motives.

    April 13, 2023

    TTP’s Political Violence and Jihad

    The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claims that the Pakistani state does not practice true Islam and therefore it can wage a legitimate Jihad against it.

    February 14, 2023

    Saurav Pandey asked: How does the current political and security turmoil in Pakistan affect India’s security?

    Nazir Ahmad Mir replies: Pakistan has perennially faced domestic political crises and internal security challenges. In the ongoing political and economic crisis, politicians are entirely focused on safeguarding their personal and party interests. This is negatively impacting the economically weaker sections the most. To deal with the economic challenges, Islamabad has been seeking the help of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and ‘friendly countries’ like Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and China.

    SCO-RATS: Finding Common Ground against Terrorism

    The efficacy of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure will depend on the member-states’ ability to focus on countering terrorism concerns while managing their divergent regional interests.

    December 29, 2022

    ADMM-Plus and India’s Act East Policy

    The ADMM-Plus offers India and ASEAN opportunities to develop practical collaboration on security issues ranging from terrorism, maritime threats and other non-traditional threats.

    December 16, 2022