Nexus Webinar | Episode 13: Competing in the Gray Zone

By |2024-04-24T15:22:25-10:00April 24th, 2024|Categories: Minnich, news, Mullins, webinar, Media, Security Nexus Webinar|Tags: |

The world is changing. Are your strategies? Nations are vying for dominance in the Gray Zone – a shadowy realm of covert operations, cyber-attacks, and relentless disinformation campaigns waged below the level of open warfare. Join us for the Security Nexus Webinar | Episode 13: “Competing in the Gray Zone” to explore this evolving threat landscape and how it’s reshaping global power with Professor Sam Mullins and host Professor James Minnich Key questions we’ll address: Why are nations flocking to the Gray Zone? How has technology transformed these tactics into even greater threats? What are Russia’s and China’s distinct [...]

Nexus Webinar | Episode 14: The Great Game of Digital Dominance

By |2024-04-17T17:43:32-10:00April 17th, 2024|Categories: Minnich, news, Mullins, webinar, Media|Tags: |

Technology is reshaping the global order. Nations no longer compete solely through military might but through technological dominance. From semiconductors to artificial intelligence, control of critical and emerging technologies (CET) translates into economic power, national security, and global influence. Join our webinar, “The Great Game of Digital Dominance,” featuring Professor John Hemmings and hosted by Professor James Minnich, for expert insights into the escalating tech rivalry and its profound implications for the future. Key Questions: How does the past shape the US-China tech conflict? • Where does China lead… and where does the US maintain an edge? Can China achieve [...]

Turkey Is Barely Keeping a Lid On the Islamic State | The National Interest

By |2022-02-11T16:04:55-10:00February 11th, 2022|Categories: Faculty Articles, External Publications, news, Mullins|Tags: , |

On February 11, 2022, the Center for National Interest published an article written by DKI APCSS professor Dr. Sam Mullins. In his article titled, “Turkey is Barely Keeping a Lid on the Islamic State,” he draws attention to the rising presence of the Islamic State in Turkey as an issue of international importance. According to Dr. Mullins, “while the West has been fixated on emerging and reemerging threats in far-off places… a much more sophisticated and immediate danger has been simmering away in Turkey.” “If you pay attention to the news and some of the reporting that comes out of [...]

The Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism

By |2021-03-22T11:30:17-10:00March 22nd, 2021|Categories: Faculty, External Publications, news, Mullins|Tags: , , |

Dr. Sam Mullins has a new article on “The Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism:  Reassessing the Evidence” recently published by the European Institute of CT and Conflict Prevention in their  EICTP Research Study: Key Determinants in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond. Trajectory, Disruption and the Way Forward. Volume II. According to Mullins, “public commentary on this issue has generally suffered from failing to give due consideration to conflicting information; ignoring existing, long-term trends and alternative, explanatory factors; conflating correlation with causation; relying too heavily on theoretically-driven inferences and making assumptions beyond the available data.” Read [...]

Has the internet created a "perfect storm" for terrorists?

By |2021-03-08T11:10:43-10:00March 8th, 2021|Categories: Faculty, External Publications, news, Mullins|Tags: , |

Dr. Sam Mullins’ latest article, "COVID-19 and Terrorism in the West: Has Radicalization Really Gone Viral?", was recently published by the Just Security blog. Co-authored with Michael King, this analytical report looks at the forecasted wave of pandemic-induced terrorism. According to the authors, this wave “has been exaggerated and rests upon a collection of precarious assumptions." They further state that: “these various assumptions support what we refer to as the “perfect storm” theory of COVID-19 and terrorism, to which we now turn a critical eye. By taking a contrarian view, we hope to encourage a more balanced and rigorous discussion [...]

Great Power Competition Versus Counterterrorism: A False Dichotomy

By |2020-10-26T14:25:43-10:00October 26th, 2020|Categories: External Publications, news, Mullins|Tags: , |

DKI APCSS professor Dr. Sam Mullins has a new article online called “Great Power Competition Versus Counterterrorism: A False Dichotomy” published by In this article, Mullins states than in the “more than two years since the United States officially shifted strategic priorities away from terrorism to focus on great power competition, there is a continued sense of uncertainty as to what exactly this means for counterterrorism. In light of the enduring, and in some cases escalating, terrorist threats across the globe, it is important to get this right.” He further states that “while recognizing the need to end so-called [...]

Hindsight, Insight, Foresight: Thinking about Security in the Indo-Pacific.

By |2020-10-15T12:22:18-10:00October 14th, 2020|Categories: Allen, Turvold, Vuving, Wieninger, Tekwani, Watson, Byrd, Minnich, Burgoyne, DKI APCSS, publication, news, Mullins, Sitaraman, hemmings, Miyamoto|Tags: , , , , |

As part of the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies 25th Anniversary, the Center created this publication, “Hindsight, Insight, Foresight: Thinking about Security in the Indo-Pacific,” to highlight important issues in the Indo-Pacific region. This book provides a tour d’horizon of the most consequential issues that are defining the global and regional security landscape in the Indo-Pacific. With hindsight, insight, and foresight in each of its chapters, the book offers a perspective to see this landscape in its dynamic making and re-making. Download the Digital Book Edited by Dr. Alexander L. Vuving, [...]

Assessing the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism: Practitioner Insights

By |2020-08-07T09:14:48-10:00August 6th, 2020|Categories: Journal, news, Mullins|Tags: , , |

“Assessing the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism: Practitioner Insights” is the title of a paper written by Dr. Sam Mullins for Security Nexus. This paper identifies the obstacles faced by terrorists as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and includes results from a survey sent out to Comprehensive Security Responses to Terrorism (CSRT) alumni in July 2020. Excerpt The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the world, with far-reaching social, political and economic consequences. Terrorists and security services alike have been forced to adapt. However, we still have relatively limited understanding of the [...]

Terrorism and COVID-19: Are We Over-Estimating the Threat?

By |2020-06-25T15:07:30-10:00June 25th, 2020|Categories: External Publications, news, Mullins|Tags: , |

“Terrorism and COVID-19: Are We Over-Estimating the Threat?” is a new article by DKI APCSS professor Dr. Sam Mullins for the Small Wars Journal. In this article, Mullins looks at if and how terrorists are using the COVID-19 pandemic to further their goals. “There is an established tendency to interpret everything that violent extremists and terrorists now do through the lens of the coronavirus pandemic. Almost invariably, this is done in such a way as to magnify our perception of the threat. But is this really an accurate assessment?" asked Mullins in his paper. Read the full article on the Small [...]

Jihadist Infiltration of Migrant Flows to Europe: Taking Stock of Recent Events

By |2020-01-10T08:27:59-10:00September 14th, 2019|Categories: Courses, Faculty Articles, Opinions/Editorials, External Publications, Mullins|Tags: , , |

Dr. Sam Mullins recently had an article on "Jihadist Infiltration of Migrant Flows into Europe (link is external)" published by the European Eye on Radicalization webiste. The paper was written while he was still at the Marshall Center but we thought we'd share it as well! According to Mullins: "Within Europe, police and intelligence services are working more closely with migration agencies, as both parties now realize the importance of cooperation. In some places, counter-terrorism officials have also reached out to local reception centers and homes for asylum-seekers (many of which are run by non-governmental enterprises) in order to provide them [...]

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