Terrorismo islamista: Francia sotto pressione – by G. Giacalone, M. Lombardi, M. Maiolino

La linea del tempo

La barbara uccisione del docente di educazione civica, Samuel Paty, mostra una serie di fattori dei quali non si può non tener conto se si vuole andare oltre cronache e sensazionalismi per capire in che direzione si sta evolvendo il terrorismo di stampo islamista in Europa e in particolare in Francia. Continue reading


US multiagency operation dismantled part of al-Qaeda’s cryptocurrency network. What we learned so far and what to expect – by Daniele M. Barone

On August 13, the US Department of Justice announced that the US government, through a multiagency effort, seized about $2 million in Bitcoin from accounts connected to Al Qaeda, Daesh, and the al-Qassam Brigades (i.e. Hamas’s paramilitary arm) and disrupted their terrorism financing cryptocurrency networks. Continue reading


La negoziazione operativa in contesti di crisi – by Giacomo Buoncompagni

Il 12 agosto 2020 un uomo è stato arrestato nel Duomo di Milano dopo aver preso in ostaggio una guardia giurata sotto minaccia di un coltello. Stando a quanto comunicato dalla Polizia, l’arrestato è un cittadino straniero.Dopo un’opera di mediazione di un funzionario della Questura, il soggetto è stato disarmato e bloccato, senza necessità di ricorrere all’uso di armi da fuoco. Al momento sono in corso accertamenti sulla persona e sulle motivazioni del gesto. Continue reading


A Brief Review of the Current Public Safety Homicide Crisis in Major US Cities – by Giovanni Pisapia

Some major US cities have recorded staggering increases in homicides in the first six months of 2020, if compared with the same period in 2019: some increases range from 25% (Philadelphia) to 85% (Minneapolis). This trend is bringing to light a public safety crisis, revealed by a long-term increase in the number of gang-related recorded shootings and reduction of proactive-policing. Continue reading


Threat Assessment for Sensitive Buildings against Terrorism in urban environments – by Tiziano Li Piani

The built heritage of European cities is exposed to various hazards of different nature – natural events such as floods or earthquakes but also man-made threats. The escalation of terrorist attacks conducted in urban environments against soft targets necessitates the development of guidelines for the antiterrorism design of buildings and public spaces. Continue reading


Hagia Sophia: Security aspects and repercussions – by Maria Chr. Alvanou 

While the international discussion about the reasons Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan decided to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque is mostly about his political domestic strategy (e.g. rallying his followers, making up for a collapsing economy etc), there are also significant security issues to be taken into account. Continue reading


Three generations of jihadist preachers in Italy compared – by Alessandro Boncio

Introduction. The period of jihadi terrorism that Western countries are experiencing currently, could be labelled as a moment of reshaping and transformation. Following the collapse of its Syrian-Iraqi creature, ISIS is repositioning itself physically and ideologically; at the same time, al-Qa’ida linked groups are constantly strengthening its files and ranks, still strong of its cultural appeal[2]. Continue reading