All posts by Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting. He worked as a strategic analyst in the Canadian intelligence community for over 30 years. He specializes in radicalization and homegrown Al Qaeda/Islamic State/Islamist-inspired extremism. He has spoken to audiences about terrorism around the world. Email: borealisrisk@gmail.com

Isn’t propaganda great? But it can be misleading!

This is the third claim connecting the deadly Canadian attack to IS, but there is still no evidence that the gunman acted on behalf of any organizations.

Terrorism and citizenship

What is a citizen? Well it depends. The concept appears to date back to city states in ancient Greece, but in the modern era each state decides what the rules are. 

Does the fear of terrorism outweigh the actual threat level?

Can we really put a dent in those who radicalize to violence and execute terrorist acts?

How much airport security is too much?

Why we are not going to get less airport security and may even get more, as hard as that may be to believe.

How to prevent vehicular terrorist attacks – maybe

One thing that is confounding police and intelligence agencies the world over is what to do about car rammings/vehicular terrorist attacks.

Terrorism in Africa 20 years after the Nairobi/Dar es Salaam bombings

We tend to associate significance to anniversaries and in that light I’d like to weigh in on terrorism in Africa today. Are things any better? Any worse? Let’s look at what is happening across Africa.

Contrary to accepted wisdom, terrorism CAN be detected early enough to prevent

A recent FBI study on active shooters has concluded solidly that ''In the weeks and months before an attack, many active shooters engage in behaviors that may signal impending violence''.

An uneventful G7 – from a security standpoint

Compare that with the 2010 G8/G20 disaster in Toronto where police cars were burned, bank windows were smashed and hundreds were arrested. The question raises itself: what was different this time in Canada?

The debate over prison conditions for convicted terrorists

There was a very interesting juxtaposition of stories on violent extremism this week in two Western, democratic nations where two acts of terrorism shocked their populace’s in recent years. 

Score one for the good guys!

As a society we have to decide what powers and what tools to give our protectors. Are we ok with the use of devious tactics to deal with devious actors?

Finally some data about the mental health-terrorism link

The presence of symptoms of a mental disorder will only ever be one of many factors in an individual’s movement toward radicalization.

A good day for anti-extremist forces

Extremism is extremism, irrespective of political or ideological stripe. We must restrict the use of force to the State (and even that must be judiciously exercised).