The Future Actions Series features informative papers by leading security experts aiming to address some of the key long-term challenges posed by counter-terrorism and counter-radicalisation. Conceived at the 2008 International Terrorism and Intelligence Conference on 9-10 June in London, the series responds to the need to look beyond day-to-day threat analysis to identify emerging challenges and develop strategies for addressing them. Each paper focuses on a specific challenge, providing a brief assessment of its nature, how it will evolve, and how to respond to it. As we have learned, building forward-looking, effective frameworks for approaching counter-terrorism and counter-radicalisation requires intricate coordination among the diplomatic, military, intelligence and law enforcement communities, as well as cooperation between the public and private sectors. Our hope is to advance the strategic dialogue within and between these areas and to provide a valuable reference for policymakers and practitioners. Future Actions is co-published by Eden Intelligence and the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR).

Vanessa Haas, King’s College London

Editorial Board:
Gavin McNicoll, Director, Eden Intelligence

Dr. Peter R. Neumann
Director, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR), King’s College London

Dr. Magnus Ranstorp, Research Director, Centre for Asymmetric Threat Studies, Swedish National Defence College

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Seven Years After 9/11: Al-Qaida’s Strengths and Vulnerabilities, by Richard Barrett

Richard Barrett has been the Coordinator of the Al-Qaida/Taliban Monitoring Team of the United Nations Security Council in New York since 2004

The Changing Security and Intelligence Landscape in the 21st Century", by Kevin A O’Brien PhD

Kevin A. O’Brien is the Director of Alesia PSI Consultants Ltd, which provides support to government and the critical infrastructure sectors on security matters. He is an Associate of Libra Advisory Group (UK) and a Senior Consultant to Innovative Analytics and Training, LLC (US). He was previously the Deputy Director of RAND Europe’s Defence and Security Programme and Deputy Director of the International Centre for Security Analysis, King’s College London.

The Culture of Global Jihad: Character, Future Challenges and Recommendations, by Jeffrey B. Cozzens

Jeffrey Cozzens heads Areté Associates’ Terrorism Studies and Analysis Program. Areté supports the U.S. Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, and the Intelligence Community. Also PhD candidate at the University of St Andrews, Jeff’s research explores the nexus of Western jihadists’ cultures and operational decision-making. He has published on jihadist thought and violence in academic and professional journals, and has authored chapters in two books: Mapping Terrorism Research (2007) and Terrorism in the Information Age—New Frontiers (2nd edition, forthcoming).