Recent events in the Palestinian territories, specifically the Gaza strip, make assessing the terrorist threats in Gaza a topic of importance from a counterterrorism and geopolitical perspective. The tremendous imbalance in civilian casualties judging from open sources such as Al-Jazeera English and other organizations casts Israel in a negative light and makes the situation appear prima facie as one of unjustified Israeli aggression and ruthless bombardment of civilians including children. The situation on the ground, however, is undoubtedly far more complex.
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Jack is an university professor in Turkey. He has graduated from Indiana University with a B.A in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and Central Eurasian Studies with a focus on the Arabic language. He also studied Turkish Language and Literature at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey. His interest in counter terrorism and counter insurgency began when he researched the decentralisation and fragmentation of Al-Qaeda.
He formerly worked in the Afghanistan Pakistan studies centre at the Middle East Institute as a research assistant.
Jack has Awarded FLAS Fellowship to participate in 2018 IU Summer Language Workshop in Turkish; Academic Year 2019-2020, FLAS Fellowship by the Centre for the Study of the Middle East for Arabic Studies; and also awarded FLAS Fellowship to participate in 2020 Summer Language Workshop in Pashto.