• Bahrein: New attempt for its Arab spring? February 2, 2017 Philippe Morand Since the beginning of 2017, several incidents have occurred in Bahrein. It starts on 1 January 2017 with a security incident at Jau prison, leading to the escape of several prisoners. In addition, demonstrations and protests take place regularly in the capital and can turn violent. There were also civil disturbances on the evening of ... Read more...
  • How climate change may damage usual national security January 20, 2017 Philippe Morand For years now we have heard much about some issues related to global warming, such as immigration and agronomy, but quite nothing about other risks. Surprisingly, U.S. military leaders and defence planners have been thinking about potential risks for U.S. national security linked to this topic for years. And their conclusion is that climate change poses serious ... Read more...
  • Mali : More than 50 dead inside a military camp in Gao January 19, 2017 Philippe Morand A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) blast away in a military camp in Gao early Jan. 18, killing more than 50 people and wounding a hundred. The attack has been claimed later by Al-Mourabitoun, a group affiliate to AQIM and led by Mokhtar Belmokhtar. The target targeted was gathering of troops belonging to the “Mécanisme Opérationnel ... Read more...
  • Terrorism: The jihadist threat persists in Mali January 17, 2017 Philippe Morand Despite the French operations started in January 2013 in northern Mali, the country is far from being entirely under control. The risk now lies in the centre of the country, even in the heart of the capital, Bamako. However, the arrival of the French forces had been an enormous relief for the populations. A Tuareg ... Read more...
  • IS al-Furqan pushing grassroots jihadists to perform attacks during the festive season December 8, 2016 Philippe Morand Report On 5 Dec. 2016, IS al-Furqan broadcasted a new audio document entitled, “For You Will Remember What I Tell You”. It is an audio statement from Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, the new IS spokesman, in which he calls for new attacks in the West and against Turkish targets. Al-Muhajir praises IS attackers in the West and calls ... Read more...
  • Abu Sulayman al-Firansi calls on Muslims in France to conduct attacks in France December 6, 2016 Philippe Morand On 27 Nov. 2016, IS Wilayat Raqqa released a 29’09” video in French, English and Arabic entitled, “You Must Fight Them O Muwahhid“. It threatened attacks against the West and provided detailed instructions on how to conduct knife attacks and instruction to build an IED out of common household items. The video features several statements from Islamic State ... Read more...
  • Business trips and hotels: Safety in the heart of the business relationship November 29, 2016 vincent Recent attacks in Bamako, Ouagadougou and Grand-Bassam have dramatically recalled that hotels were high value targets for terrorist groups have conducted against hotels. For international companies, the selection of hotels to house their business travellers during their mission is not anymore a simple act of purchasing service. This is a ... Read more...