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Everywhere you look these days terrorism and violent extremism dominate the headlines. Whether you follow what is happening in Afghanistan or Iraq, or in the West writ large, we are inundated with news of attacks by groups and individuals fighting for a 'cause'.In a world of multiple voices and opinions it can be very hard to know where to turn. One choice is to look to those who actually worked in counterterrorism in the national security world. In these half-hour podcasts 30-year Canadian intelligence veteran Phil Gurski is joined by a fascinating array of individuals with something meaningful to say about these issues as they provide insight into what they mean and what we need to do about them.

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Everywhere you look these days terrorism and violent extremism dominate the headlines. Whether you follow what is happening in Afghanistan or Iraq, or in the West writ large, we are inundated with news of attacks by groups and individuals fighting for a 'cause'.In a world of multiple voices and opinions it can be very hard to know where to turn. One choice is to look to those who actually worked in counterterrorism in the national security world. In these half-hour podcasts 30-year Canadian intelligence veteran Phil Gurski is joined by a fascinating array of individuals with something meaningful to say about these issues as they provide insight into what they mean and what we need to do about them.

    Matthew Zegar: How to get a career in counter-terrorism

    Matthew Zegar: How to get a career in counter-terrorism

    Episode 93 - I am often asked by younger listeners how to get a career as a spy. In this episode, I am chatting with Matthew Zegar, computer science student at Simon Fraser University about how to get a career aiding the Canadian government against terrorist threats.
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    About the host Phil Gurski:
    Phil is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Programme Director for the Security, Economics and Technology (SET) hub at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). He worked as a senior strategic analyst at CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) from 2001-2015, specializing in violent Islamist-inspired homegrown terrorism and radicalisation.

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    • 56 min
    Simon Cottee: Trinidad and Tobago as the #1 source for ISIS jihadis?

    Simon Cottee: Trinidad and Tobago as the #1 source for ISIS jihadis?

    We all know that tens of thousands of people from over 100 countries went to join ISIS in 2014. The feeder nations are all over the map (literally!) but the #1 per capita was…Trinidad. Trinidad? Phil Gurski talks with UK scholar Simon Cottee who just published a book on this fascinating finding.
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    Black Flags of the Caribbean, How Trinidad Became an ISIS Hotspot

    Simon Cottee investigates how ISIS came to gain such an unlikely, yet significant foothold in Trinidad. Based on a three-year investigation in the country, featuring interviews the families and friends of those who left to join the jihad, Muslim activists and community leaders, imams, politicians, and intelligence agents, this book presents the social forces and communities in Trinidad that have been affected by ISIS. Check Simon's latest book.
    About the host Phil Gurski:
    Phil is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Programme Director for the Security, Economics and Technology (SET) hub at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). He worked as a senior strategic analyst at CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) from 2001-2015, specializing in violent Islamist-inspired homegrown terrorism and radicalisation.

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    • 32 min
    QH #162 | Why are jihadis so barbaric?

    QH #162 | Why are jihadis so barbaric?

    Terrorism is violent for sure.  But why are some terrorists, i.e. Islamist ones, so utterly cruel and inhuman?  Former CSIS intelligence veteran Phil Gurski weighs in on this while discussing a recent interview with Canadian historian Margaret MacMillan

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    About the host Phil Gurski:
    Phil is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Programme Director for the Security, Economics and Technology (SET) hub at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). He worked as a senior strategic analyst at CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) from 2001-2015, specializing in violent Islamist-inspired homegrown terrorism and radicalisation.
    ►Check Phil's latest book ''The Peaceable Kingdom'' - https://borealisthreatandrisk.com/the-peaceable-kingdom/
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    ►Email - borealisrisk@gmail.com

    • 9 min
    QH #161 | Labelling opposition parties as terrorists is dirty politics

    QH #161 | Labelling opposition parties as terrorists is dirty politics

    Politics is a nasty business and not for the faint of heart. Still there are rules and some practices should be off base. African governments say that opposition leaders are terrorists to prevent them from running for office. Borealis weighs in on this in today’s Quick Hits.

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    About the host Phil Gurski:
    Phil is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Programme Director for the Security, Economics and Technology (SET) hub at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). He worked as a senior strategic analyst at CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) from 2001-2015, specializing in violent Islamist-inspired homegrown terrorism and radicalisation.
    ►Check Phil's latest book ''The Peaceable Kingdom'' - https://borealisthreatandrisk.com/the-peaceable-kingdom/
    ►Website - https://borealisthreatandrisk.com/
    ►Twitter - https://twitter.com/borealissaves
    ►LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/phil-gurski-8942468/
    ►Email - borealisrisk@gmail.com

    • 11 min
    Kayum Masimov - Why is China harassing Canadian Uyghurs and why is the government not doing anything to stop it?

    Kayum Masimov - Why is China harassing Canadian Uyghurs and why is the government not doing anything to stop it?

    The Canadian Parliament recently voted to denounce China for its genocide in East Turkestan (what China calls Xinjiang) against the Uyghurs. And yet China is still harassing Uyghur Canadians and pressuring them to shut up. Why is more not being done to stop this? Borealis President Phil Gurski talks to Kayum Masimov, Project Manager at Uyghur Rights Advocacy Project.

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    About the host Phil Gurski:
    Phil is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Programme Director for the Security, Economics and Technology (SET) hub at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). He worked as a senior strategic analyst at CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) from 2001-2015, specializing in violent Islamist-inspired homegrown terrorism and radicalisation.

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    ►Email - borealisrisk@gmail.com

    • 39 min
    QH #160 | Why on earth would someone lie about being in a terrorist attack?

    QH #160 | Why on earth would someone lie about being in a terrorist attack?

    It is safe to say that most people would avoid being anywhere near a terrorist attack.  Some, however, seem to have a fascination with these events to the point where they distort their own experiences.  Borealis weighs in on this curious phenomenon.

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    New York Time article: Port Authority Bomber Is Sentenced to Life in Prison.

    About the host Phil Gurski:
    Phil is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Programme Director for the Security, Economics and Technology (SET) hub at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). He worked as a senior strategic analyst at CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) from 2001-2015, specializing in violent Islamist-inspired homegrown terrorism and radicalisation.
    ►Check Phil's latest book ''The Peaceable Kingdom'' - https://borealisthreatandrisk.com/the-peaceable-kingdom/
    ►Website - https://borealisthreatandrisk.com/
    ►Twitter - https://twitter.com/borealissaves
    ►LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/phil-gurski-8942468/
    ►Email - borealisrisk@gmail.com

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

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16 Ratings

16 Ratings

aynsleyf22 ,

Great podcast

I really like this podcast. Isn’t mainstream but still awesome. Love the Canadian perspective.

Muddy15372 ,

Next episode??

Hi Sir,

I’m currently writing a undergrad thesis on incorporating deterrence into Canada’s counterterrorism strategy. More so, I employ game theory to demonstrate how censoring key elements of an attack in the media can reduce the incentive to attack. Maybe a future episode could be discussing this as a possibly in the future? I’d be curious to hear your opinions!

Regards,

Mads

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