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

How reliable are terrorist ‘defectors’?

Why many countries believe that everyone, regardless of the offence they committed, even a terrorist, deserves a second chance.

The damned if you do damned if you don’t problem with CVE

If we want to reduce the number of terrorist attacks, we need to have agencies other than security services and law enforcement talking to and listening to communities.

The problem with terrorism ‘expertise’

When you listen to a self-styled expert on terrorism, check out why they are so. What have they written? Where do they get their information from? Why are they offering comment?

A journalist’s responsibility to help counter terrorism forces

Where does the job as a journalist ends and the job as a citizen begins? An analysis by Phil Gurski.

Why it is important to reserve judgment on the Toronto attack

I learned a long time ago that to be accurate and to do true analysis you need intelligence and/or information to make a judgment and we do not have that yet.

Another Monty Python moment, if it were not so serious

Who decides what a religion is and is not? I want to build on the Crusader theme for today’s piece in light of a recent US trial.

What John Cleese taught me about terrorism

Is there a link between Month Python and terrorism? Surely not... But when you think about it... An analysis by Phil Gurski.

When Vulcans become terrorists

Phil Gurski explores the concept of ''logic extremism'', introduced in the recent Star Trek Discovery series.

Steven Pinker and terrorism – time for some good news!

A compelling case for why things on this planet are not as bad as we think they are. By Phil Gurski.

Stop the politicization of terrorism

Do criminal organisations provide funds for terrorist group with the sale of contraband cigarettes? An analysis by Phil Gurski.

What the public demands of police investigations vs reality

Before even all the facts are in, many people are already convinced the local police screwed up in the case of murders in Toronto’s LGBT community. By Phil Gurski.

No, Buddhist extremism is not an oxymoron

Quick, what is the first thing that comes to mind when I say the word Buddhist? The Dalaï Lama? Saffron robes? One hand clapping? I would wager though that the last thing that comes to you is violent extremism. Maybe it should.

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