The Counterterrorism Group's Threat Intelligence Podcast is a weekly podcast about geopolitics and international security presented by Rob Maxey and Adam Stevens, two intelligence analysts from CTG. Each week we take a deep dive into fascinating stories that fundamentally impact our world yet often fly under the radar.
The Insidious Nature & Deadly Consequences of INCEL Culture
In recent months and years, the term INCEL has gained national and international prominence for all the wrong reasons. A so-called “red pill” / “black pill” dichotomy within the largely online community known as INCELs, short for involuntary celibates, has resulted in several mass killing events. The latest attack took place on August 13th, when Jake Davison shot and killed 5 people in Plymouth, England. Charley Gleeson of CTG’s CTSC team joins Adam to discuss this movement.
Is it finally time to negotiate with terrorists?
As chaos continues to ensue in the wake of the Taliban’s victory over the Afghan government, the international community is grappling with how to manage their response to the crisis. Today Rob is joined by Jujhar & Vaania from CTG’s CENTCOM team to discuss what the situation looks like on the ground, how the international community (beyond the United States) is handling the situation, and, most importantly, what can be done to manage the inevitable refugee crisis with humanity and empathy at the center of the response.
The Truth behind how Afghanistan Fell
Since President Biden began evacuating troops in earnest in late July, the situation in Afghanistan has changed – and fast. In just a matter of days, Taliban forces have enveloped the entire nation. On August 15th, the Taliban entered Kabul as reports came out detailing how sitting President Ghani had fled to Tajikistan. The U.S. is seemingly out of the fire into the frying pan as President Biden sends 6,000 more troops to Afghanistan with a single mission: protect the Hamid Karzai International Airport, and evacuate as many Americans and refugees as possible.
Once again, Aimee Hanstein from CTG’s CENTCOM team joins us to break down the situation.
The Surge of Terrorist Kidnappings across Africa
In recent years, mass kidnappings in Africa have become a near-weekly occurrence, especially in Nigeria where Boko Haram wreaks havoc. Clara de Solages joins Adam to break down the current state of this continental crisis, as well as detail how some states can adapt to face this challenge more effectively.
How a Major Terrorist Group may soon Control an Entire Nation
As the US prepares to permanently withdraw all troops from Afghanistan after 20 years of devastating conflict, the Taliban stands uniquely positioned to potentially topple the existing democratic government and seize control of the country by force.
After two decades of war and tens of thousands of lives lost, the US has little to show for its efforts in Afghanistan. And the Taliban is as emboldened and powerful as ever.
Was the United States’ rapid withdrawal from the country a mistake? Or would remaining in the country just have delayed the inevitable?
Today I’m joined by Zaskia Torres from CTG’s CENTCOM team to discuss some of these big questions, and also to forecast whether or not the Taliban, one of the world’s most infamous terrorist organizations, may soon control an entire nation.
Romance Scams: Cheated out of Love
The frequency of romance scams, which involve a scammer posing online as someone they’re not for the purpose of deceiving and ultimately extorting an unsuspecting victim, have increased precipitously year over year since the explosion of online dating first began. Not only can this scheme be financially devastating for victims, but it also takes a major emotional and psychological toll that many never fully recover from.
Today I’m joined by Michelle Kaplun from CTG’s Illicit Finance & Economic Threats team to discuss the mechanics of how these scams function, who the victims and perpetrators are, the consequences for this type of fraud, and what can be done to stop and reverse this alarming trend.