Piracy in Focus: Perspective of an Industry Professional

Gordan Van Hook is currently with Maersk Line, Limited as their Senior Director for Innovation and Concept Development. Recently retired from the US Navy after 29 years, Captain Van Hook is a third generation naval officer. He also holds an MS in Information systems from the Naval Postgraduate School and an MA in National Security Strategy from the Naval War College. “The industry also has to take measures of its own. First, we don’t transit the area unless we have ships that can make at least 18 knots or have 10 meters of freeboard, because no ship has been taken that can travel at over 15 knots. So if high fast ships go through, they can’t get at them, but if you are low and slow, the pirates feel like they have an opportunity to take it.” -- 01/22 >>>

The Evolution of Terrorism, What to Expect Next

Paul Pillar is a Professor at Georgetown University; he retired in 2005 from a 28-year career in the U.S. intelligence community, in which his last position was National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia. He has also headed the Assessments and Information Group of the DCI Counterterrorist Center and from 1997 to 1999 was deputy chief of the center. “I am often asked for example, ‘what kind of attack would I expect here in the United States,’ the next thing that we have to worry about.  My answer to that is perhaps an attack having some similarity to the Mumbai attacks, in the sense that individuals with rifles are going around in the city and shooting people, but not necessarily as well organized or as large scale as that.” -- 12/10 >>>

The Mumbai Attack and Al Qaeda Ideology

Rohan Gunaratna is head of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies in Singapore. He has over 20 years of academic, policy, and operational experience in counter terrorism. Gunaratna is the author of 12 books, including an international bestseller Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror. “The attack in Mumbai demonstrated the vulnerability of urban cities to terrorists who are willing to kill and to die. The international community must learn from Mumbai. It must develop measures to detect, disrupt and to deal with these type of attacks and unless there is significant investment to prevent these kind of attacks the world will witness many more attacks of this nature and scale.” -- 12/10 >>>

Top Stories from Issue No. 84(936)

Featured topics in this issue: Terrorism; North Caucuses

Al Qaeda Ideology and the Mumbai Attack

The Evolution of Terrorism, What to Expect Next

Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Mumbai Mastermind

The Future of Terrorism

In Search of Justice

The North Caucuses: Prospect for Peace

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Top Stories from Issue No. 76(928)

Featured topics in this issue: Globalization of Organized Crime

Globalization and Organized Crime

The Evolution of International Crime

The Global Criminal Enterprise

The Russian Mafia

Relationship: Crime and the Economic Crisis

The U.S. Criminal Justice System

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AZERBAIJAN: Participation in Anti-Terror Coalition a Top Priority for Baku

Azerbaijan’s active participation in the anti-terror coalition and international cooperation in that sphere will remain one of the top priorities of the government, the minister of defense, General Colonel Safar Abiev, informed a U.S. delegation. -- 01/31 >>>

Tajik Authorities Prevent Alleged Terrorist Attacks by IMU

According to the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Tajikistan Sharif Nazarov, the country’s law enforcement forces have averted a series of terrorist attacks planned by the banned Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU). -- 08/01 >>>

Two Charged with Terrorism in Moscow

The General Prosecutor’s Office of Russia has indicted two law students for committing an act of terrorism on the country’s territory in 2006. -- 04/02 >>>

Senior Official: Terrorist Threat Ongoing Concern in Kyrgyzstan

Deputy head of the Kyrgyz Security Council, Alik Orozov, told journalists on 17 May that terrorism is still a serious problem in his country. -- 06/15 >>>

Security Forces Uncover Plan to Enlist Azeri Women for Suicide Bombing Missions

According to Azerbaijani Security Minister Eldar Mahmudov, the country’s security forces discovered a plot hatched by local al-Qaeda operatives to recruit young Azeri women for suicide bombing missions... -- 04/25 >>>