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.
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."
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.
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.
10 Mar 2016, AFP - Names of 22,000 IS members leaked to news channel
Olivier Guitta, managing director of international security and risk firm GlobalStrat, said the leak was a boost to security services and indicated unhappiness within the group. "This leak shows that there are dissenting voices within the ranks of IS," he told AFP.
Le Figaro, 10 Mar 2016 - Les fiches de 22.000 membres de l'État islamique
Cette fuite de documents «montre qu'il existe des voix dissidentes dans les rangs de l'EI», a dit à l'Agence France-Presse Olivier Guitta, directeur général du cabinet de conseil GlobalStrat. «Comme dans toute organisation d'envergure, il y aura des luttes de pouvoir et on pourrait voir à l'avenir une possible implosion de l'EI en différentes factions», a-t-il ajouté.
Al Jazeera, 3 Mar 2016 - The Western Military Intervention in Libya has already begun
In the course of a few days, the United States and France reportedly conducted military operations in Libya against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIL. That is not new: Both countries have allegedly been involved in special forces operations in the North African country for the past two years.
De Morgen, 13 Feb 2016 - 2016 wordt het jaar van Libië
Eerder deze week werd bij de Sudanese grens de eerste Belgische Libië-strijder opgepakt. IS'ers trekken van Irak en Syrië naar het stuurloze land, mensen-smokkelaars zullen volgen. Is het hek van de dam?
RTL, 10 Feb 2016 - La Libye, un danger bien plus grand que la Syrie et l'Irak
La Libye inquiète depuis longtemps les experts en terrorisme internationaux. "La Libye constitue un danger bien plus grand pour les Européens que la Syrie et l'Irak", a ainsi expliqué Olivier Guitta, CEO de la société de consultance GlobalStrat lors d'une conférence de la European Corporate Security Association.
La Libre Belgique, 10 Feb 2016 - Un djihadiste belge parti en Libye arrêté
En outre, le cabinet de conseil spécialisé dans le risque géopolitique GlobalStrat indique qu'il sera plus profitable pour une personne radicalisée originaire du Maroc ou d'Algérie et installée en Belgique ou aux Pays-Bas de se rendre en Libye.
Knack, 9 Feb 2016 - Eerste Belgische Libiëstrijder gearresteerd: parket opent onderzoek
'Zeker voor Europeanen vormt Libië een veel groter gevaar dan Irak en Syrië', zei GlobalStrat-ceo Olivier Guitta.'Naast minstens vier andere grote terreurorganisaties en talrijke gewapende milities zijn in Libië naar schatting 3000 tot 5000 IS-strijders actief. Bovendien zijn er aanwijzingen dat aanvoerders van de IS zich van Syrië naar Libië verplaatsen.'
Al Jazeera Online, 2 Feb 2016 - 2016: The year of Libya?
In private, French, Italian and British and United States defence officials and diplomats have expressed their huge concern about Libya. Now that the likelihood of a military intervention has increased, 2016 may turn out to be the year of Libya.
Medias 24, 15 Jan 2016 - AQMI appelle les Libyens à s’attaquer aux Occidentaux
Selon l'expert en sécurité internationale Olivier Guitta, de GlobalStrat, "Aqmi doit montrer qu'il est toujours d'actualité par rapport à l'Etat islamique et donc se positionner sur la Libye en menaçant l'Italie". "Son cheval de bataille a toujours été la libération d'Al Andalous, donc cela commence par Sebta et Mélillia, un terrain que l'organisation Etat islamique ne privilégie pas pour l'instant."
AP, 4 Jan 2016 - UK's Cameron Dismisses Latest Islamic State Extremist Video
The extremists have frequently used young children in propaganda videos, said Olivier Guitta, director of the consulting group GlobalStrat.
"They are featured in various videos and interestingly are mostly sons of Western jihadists," he said. "It shows that the new generation is already part of the fight to reclaim the Caliphate."
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