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  • What Transformed Copenhagen Gunman From Petty Thug to Lethal Jihadi?

    Two weeks after release from prison for stabbing, Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, managed to find guns and select targets.

    16 February 2015

  • Copenhagen creates group to fight radicalization

    Copenhagen will be setting up an expert group to help identify and address radicalization problems as concern grows in the country over terrorism threats and the radicalization of youth.

    Swedish terrorism expert, Magnus Ranstorp, who is also Research Director at the Center for Asymmetric Threat Studies (CATS) at the Swedish National Defence College in Stockholm, will lead the group, reports DR.

    25 January 2015

  • What Is the Impact of the CIA Torture Report?

    Magnus Ranstorp, research director at the Center for Asymmetric Threat Studies, writes an article in Newsweek togehter with Karen J. Greenberg and Jack Devine.

    18 December 2014

  • National Intelligence and Science – Beyond the Great Divide in Analysis and Policy

    The essence of intelligence is no longer the collection, analysis, and dissemination of secret information, but has become instead the management of uncertainty in areas critical for overriding security goals.

    11 December 2014

  • Social Media and Intelligence

    This study addresses the use and potential use of social media in intelligence – looking across the range of possible uses both externally and as collaborative tools within and across agencies.

    30 October 2014

  • Embassies Open, but Yemen Stays on Terror Watch

    U.S. intelligence has drastically lost its influence over Arab intelligence partners as a consequence of the Arab awakening and, more worryingly, its intelligence probing capability," said Magnus Ranstorp, research director of the Center for Asymmetric Threat Studies at the Swedish National Defense College in Stockholm.

    12 August 2013

  • The Black Swan and Its Opponents: Early Warning Aspects of the Norway Attacks on 22 July

    The Norway attacks on 22 July 2011 were not only one of the most horrific events in modern Norwegian and Scandinavian history but also a critical situation that tested Norwegian society's crisis management capability over a broad and somewhat unforeseen spectrum.

    10 June 2013

  • Preventing Violent Islamist Extremism in Third Countries

    The security complications with young men seeking to join armed groups in conflict zones such as Somalia, Pakistan, and Syria have increased in many European states. In December 2011, the Swedish Cabinet (Department of Justice) assigned CATS to conduct a study on preventing violent extremism in third countries.

    31 May 2013

  • Terrorism Learning and Innovation: Lessons from PIRA in Northern Ireland

    The conflict in Northern Ireland has been one of Europe's most intractable conflicts over the last three decades. Provisional IRA has been a central protagonist to the conflict and is one of the most sophisticated terrorist organizations around in terms of modus operandi, counter-surveillance, terror tactics and technical expertise (development of IEDs) in waging a protracted terror campaign in Northern Ireland and on the UK mainland.

    20 May 2013

  • In Sweden, we think cyber-training is going to be key

    Lars Nicander comments on Estonia's Defence Minister Urmas Reinsalu.

    22 March 2013

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