USA Today, 8 July 2019- Global terrorism is in decline. For victims, it doesn't feel like it
"I call it the McDonald's of terrorism. It's accessible to all," said Olivier Guitta, a London-based terrorism expert who runs GlobalStrat, a risk and security consultancy. "You just have to make a video, name-check the Islamic State, and that's it, you’re part of it."
Euractiv, 11 June 2019- Fuelling the Fire: Weaponising Islam in Europe
After an unprecedented wave of jihadist terrorism, since 2015, in France, the UK, Germany, Spain among others, now is the time to reflect on how Western counter-terrorism strategies might miss the point. Indeed, while going after the operatives is a must, the West needs also to have an arsenal to target the ideological terror masters.
VOA, 22 May 2019- Manchester Marks Anniversary of Concert Bombing
More than 500 incarcerated Islamist militants are due to be freed in Europe over the next two years, according to Olivier Guitta, head of the geopolitical risk company GlobalStrat.
The Times, 22 Apr 2019- Sri Lanka attacks: Scale of the atrocity points finger at Isis
“Isis returnees have been in the area, and made plans to attack targets there, especially hotels and churches,” said Olivier Guitta, a French analyst.
Sky News, 17 Mar 2019- NZ terror suspect 'must have been influenced by British far right'
Olivier Guitta, head of geopolitical risk company GlobalStrat, said the far right has strong roots in France. "He was obviously radicalised and this [his visit to France] was a field trip, if you will, to basically convince him that his views were right on target," he said.
The Arab Weekly, 3 Mar 2019- UK bans Hezbollah, designates it as terrorist group
“Hezbollah as a whole and not just the military wing being designated in the UK is a very important and courageous step,” said Olivier Guitta, managing director of GlobalStrat, an international security and geopolitical risk consultancy. “The UK is sending a strong message to Iran, the main backer of the Shiite terror group, more than any other countries in the world.”
Bloomberg, 25 Feb 2019- Fifth Time Isn’t a Charm for Algeria’s President
Said Bouteflika, 61, is well regarded by the U.S. and France, Algeria’s key foreign ally. “But his handicap is his last name,” says Olivier Guitta, who heads GlobalStrat, a security and geopolitical-risk consultancy.
NBC News, 29 Jan 2019- France scrambles to move ISIS detainees out of Syria ahead of U.S. withdrawal
Of the 22 successful terror attacks in France since 2012, 97 percent were carried out by individuals known to have been radicalized, or otherwise known to police, according to Olivier Guitta, the managing director of GlobalStrat, a risk management firm that studies terrorism.
NBC News, 7 Jan 2019- Nearly all terror attacks in France carried out by radicals already known to police
"The main issue throughout Europe is the sentencing, which is extremely lenient and also allows for terrorists/jihadists to be freed quite early for 'good behavior,'" said London-based terror expert Olivier Guitta, founder and managing director of the security firm GlobalStrat.
The Times, 12 Dec 2018- Strasbourg attack proves Europe’s jihadist threat never went away
Mr Guitta pointed out that the Strasbourg attacker did not even follow one rudimentary jihadist practice: he ran away, rather than blowing himself up.He said Isis terrorism abroad was the “McDonald’s of jihad” — anyone could buy into the franchise. “Just the suspicion that they might be behind something or that their ideology was pushing it is enough for it to work,” he said.
The National, 22 Sep 2018- Donald Trump to support plan for 'Arab Nato'
“Any country that is a source of financing for Iran is going to see its position fall on Trump’s deaf ears,” said Olivier Guitta, managing director of GlobalStrat, an international risk consultancy. “Iran is for him the main thing. Those states with most to lose are those doing business with Iran.
EuroMoney, 21 Sep 2018- Outlook darkens for the Gulf’s competing powers
Olivier Guitta, a former private banker who now advises banks on geopolitical risk at GlobalStrat, has been following developments in Saudi Arabia and Iran for over a decade. He is sure that, in both countries, the hotels favoured by bankers are emptying. Bankers, he continues, have become acutely aware of the renewed risk of dealing with these two markets.
The Sun, 18 Aug 2018- ISIS terrorism expands like McDonald’s, says expert
Mr Guitta, boss of consultancy GlobalStrat, said Isis still has around 30,000 fighters in Iraq and Syria — and he said its success was down to its unique “business model”.
The Times, 14 Aug 2018- Don’t believe reports that Isis is finished
“Isis is the McDonald’s of terrorism,” Olivier Guitta, a security analyst, said. “Rather than be an elitist movement, by attracting anyone and everyone it can live on eternally.”
GlobalStrat, 31 July 2018- Iraq, plunging into the Abyss?
Looking at the dramatic rise of Islamic State from the ashes of al-Qaeda in Iraq, one can see that the US is not the only responsible party but the main factor is the sectarian divide exacerbated by successive Shia-led Iraqi governments.
Our Spot Report on Iraq written with Government Intelligence Officer 31 July 2018
Issue with unregulated Militias totally uncontrolled by local government
Regional Govt not re-distributing any of the large wealth stemming from oil
Always more expats coming in the region
YTD 19 attacks against foreign civilians resulting in 11 deaths, all in the Oil and Gas sector; 4 attacks against private security contractors resulting in one death
VOA, 13 May 2018- Paris on Edge Again After Knife Attack
“While the security services are excellent at identifying potential jihadists, the terrible lack of human resources means that they can monitor only a tiny tiny fraction of the suspects,” said counterterror analyst Olivier Guitta, who runs GlobalStrat, a London-based risk consultancy
Wall Street Journal, 11 Apr 2018- More Than 250 Dead in Algerian Military-Plane Crash
“Algeria is the country spending the most on defense on the continent and not sparing any expenses really there,” said Olivier Guitta, the managing director of GlobalStrat, a security consultancy in London.
VOA, 11 Apr 2018- Western Allies Offer Support for US to Strike at Syria, With Conditions
"The obvious pitfall for this likely U.S.-France-U.K. strike on Assad is that the effect of surprise is totally lost but also has given enough time for the Syrian regime, Russia and Iran to get prepared" said Olivier Guitta, managing director at GlobalStrat.
The National, 25 Jan 2018- Libya slavery protest hijacked for UAE embassy demonstrations
Olivier Guitta, the founder of GlobalStrat, a security consultancy, said “The militias in Tripoli are the ones controlling these areas not Haftar. In fact his whole involvement in politics is to get support to re-establish control over these areas."
AFP, 20 Nov 2017- France on a mission to restore lost Middle East clout
"Macron is extremely opportunistic and is filling the void left by the US and the UK in the Middle East, positioning France as a playmaker in the region along with Russia," said Olivier Guitta, the managing director of GlobalStrat, a geopolitical risk consultancy firm.
Express, 29 Sep 2017 - Security expert stresses EU reliance on UK intelligence as May makes 'commitment' to bloc
Olivier Guitta, a leading security expert has spoken of the European Union’s reliance on British intelligence after Theresa May pledged the UK’s commitment to European security.
CNBC.com, 18 Aug 2017, Spain terror attacks 'totally different' to other deadly incidents in Europe
"It's totally different than Nice and Berlin because it is a much more sophisticated plot involving many more people which is extremely serious and extremely concerning," Olivier Guitta, managing director of GlobalStrat, told CNBC on Friday.
Daily Mail, 17 Aug 2017- MI5 identify 'hard core' of 100 British ISIS jihadists who would pose a serious threat to national security
Olivier Guitta, managing director at risk consultants GlobalStrat, told MailOnline: 'Homegrown jihadists have always represented a much larger threat than returnees because they represent a much potential larger pool, are much more under the radar than the ones that travelled to Syria/Iraq that are known to Western security services and would be picked up upon return.
Daily Telegraph, 1 May 2017 - Up to 300 Brits are fighting with Isil and playing key strategic roles
“Many who joined Isil have returned to the UK and they could be awaiting instructions,” said Olivier Guitta, managing director of GlobalStrat, a security and geopolitical risk consulting firm. “It is very likely that there is communication (between those still in Syria and those at home.)
Observer, 12 Jan 2017- Saudi Arabia is Quickly Regaining Allies
While just three months ago Saudi Arabia was losing allies rapidly, now the momentum has clearly shifted. This sea of change proves how geopolitical fortune can turn around quickly. The catalyst was the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States.
The Times, 3 Jan 2017- Jihadists stay alive to fight again
Olivier Guitta, who runs GlobalStrat, a risk consultancy, said that Isis seemed to want to preserve its operatives. “There is a realisation that if they can keep their operatives alive longer then they could possibly pull off other attacks,” he said.
Observer, 19 Oct 2016- Saudi Arabia is fast losing Allies
After the Saudi-led airstrikes on Sanaa, Yemen’s capital, on October 8, pressure on Western nations selling weapons to Saudi Arabia will be mounting. Recently, the United States Congress passed into law the Justice Against State Sponsors of Terrorism (JASTA) bill, aimed at the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).
VOA, 10 Oct 2016 - Why Aren't Coalition Forces Planning Raqqa Assault?
Olivier Guitta of GlobalStrat, a geopolitical risk consultancy, says “to do both operations at the same time is really a stretch.” In Iraq, he says, the anti-IS coalition can “count on the Iraqi army and Shi’ite militias,” but “in Syria there is a different picture.”
Conservative Home, 1 Oct 2016 - Obama Syria Policy, a godsend for Islamic State
In his last address to the United Nations General Assembly, Barack Obama mentioned Syria in passing. It should have been the central theme of his speech but, as Laurent Fabius has said, Obama was never serious about solving the Syrian crisis.
RFI, 7 Sep 2016 - Tunisia seeks broader cooperation against IS
"We've seen in the past just how a handful of jihadists coming from Libya into Tunisia have really carried out attacks that have had a huge impact on the Tunisian economy as well," Olivier Guitta, the Director of GlobalStrat, an International Security and Geopolitical Risk Firm told RFI.
Al Jazeera, 2 Aug 2016 - US starts its long-awaited anti-Islamic State campaign in Libya
After the disastrous intervention in 2011, the US has to be careful of the unintended consequences of a new campaign.
Los Angeles Times, 19 Jul 2016 - French wonder after latest terror attack: What can we do to feel safe?
“France was already in a state of emergency. Soldiers and police are already patrolling all over the place all the time. You feel like you’re in Beirut in the 1970s,” said Olivier Guitta, managing director at GlobalStrat security consulting firm
The Australian, 16 Jul 2016 - Bastille Day attack: Terror response needs fresh ideas
This poses an enormous challenge for police and intelligence services: French security expert Olivier Guitta has estimated that in France intelligence agencies have to keep tabs on 100 times as many people as a decade ago.
VOA, 13 June 2016 - After Orlando More Attacks on Gays?
“Nightclubs have been considered as easy soft targets for jihadists for a while,” says Olivier Guitta, managing director at GlobalStrat, a security and geopolitical risk consulting firm. He points out that in February, some IS followers were arrested in France for planning terror attacks on nightclubs.
NBC News, 15 July 2016 - France Extends State of Emergency: Will It Do Anything?
"There was a reaction after November [attacks]—most were willing to give up privacy and freedom in order for state to make them more secure," Guitta said. "For eight months, people started to feel much safer, and that may be the downfall that happened yesterday. The feeling of fake security."
Independent, 8 June 2016 - Irish supporters warned to stay away from fanzones
The managing director of international security firm GlobalStrat said the fanzones are a lot more difficult to secure than stadiums and added that he was fearful of attacks on the thousands of supporters that will be watching the games there.
Al Jazeera, 16 Apr 2016 - How to cooperate against terrorism?
September 11 clearly revealed the existence of transnational terrorism with worldwide terror networks. Western nations were left with no choice but to closely cooperate in terms of intelligence, know-how and even, sometimes, procedures.
Al Jazeera, 20 Mar 2016 - The re-emergence of AQIM in Africa
AQIM has regained credibility in the jihadist world with these three attacks in the past four months targeting France and its African allies. It also sends a message to the world that Sunni jihadists do not belong to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), but that Al-Qaeda is alive and kicking.
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