An Intelligent Look At Terrorism With Phil Gurski

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Former Canadian intelligence analyst Phil Gurski shares on the latest developments on radicalization and homegrown Al Qaeda/Islamic State/Islamist-inspired extremism.

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  • Quick Hits | So long and thanks for all the fish

    08/04/2022 Duração: 12min

    Borealis has had a good run since 2015 - podcasts, blogs, media interviews, etc.  not to mention six books on terrorism. It is time, however, to move on.  This is the last podcast... for now.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 - [email protected]

  • Episode #134 - What keeps French security forces up at night?

    06/04/2022 Duração: 20min

    France could be seen as the 'birthplace' of terrorism - think the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution of the 1790s.  The country has seen some catastrophic attacks such as the Stade de France/Bataclan jihadi  one of November 2015.  A new report discusses the state of terrorism in France and Borealis talks to its author Alexandre Rodde from the Gendarmerie NationaleAlexandre is a security consultant specialised in terrorism and mass shootings. His work includes risk assessment, threat monitoring, and research on national security subjects.Phil Gurski 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

  • Episode #133 - What can ordinary citizens do to stop radicalisation to violence?

    31/03/2022 Duração: 23min

    When an arrest is made in a terrorism case or, worst case scenario, we are doing a post-analysis of an attack, we often read about a person's 'radicalisation process'.  The assumption is that terrorists are made, not born, and that there are signs to look for before it is too late.  Borealis talks to Executive Director Myrieme Churchill of Parents4peace, an organisation that aims to help families identify and deal with these casesMyrieme Churchill is the Executive Director of Parents for Peace. She has over 30 years of experience as a psychotherapist, working in variety of settings and with a range of populations in Europe and the U.S. Beginning her career in France, she intervened with first and second-generation North African immigrant sex workers on the streets of Marseille and facilitated group therapy in a juvenile detention center in Nice.Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Programme Director for the Security, Economics and Technology (SET)

  • Episode 132 - Anders Breivik: What to do with terrorist mass murderers behind bars?

    23/03/2022 Duração: 23min

    There are two types of terrorists: those who die/are killed in their attacks and those who are not.  The latter usually end up in prison for long periods of time.  Then what?  Borealis talks once again with Norwegian CT analyst Atle Mesoy on the infamous Anders Breivik case from 2011.►Listen to my previous podcast with Atle Mesoy: Episode #126 - Is it time to revisit the mental illness/terrorism nexus? Atle Mesoy is the founder of U-Turn, an Oslo-based NGO working to prevent violent extremism. U-Turn is based on research and fieldwork within terrorism and political violence and consists of experts from different backgrounds providing a holistic and critical approach to CVE (Countering Violent Extremism).Phil Gurski 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 Se

  • Episode #131 - The challenge of running a large domestic security intelligence operation

    16/03/2022 Duração: 25min

    Canada's intelligence agency CSIS has a national presence across the country.  That it where the investigations happen and the intel is collected.  What it is like to run such a shop?  Borealis talks to former senior CSIS IO Dan Faughnan.Dan Faughnan served for over 30 years with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and the Canadian Armed Forces, retiring as a senior director general. During his long career Dan served in multiple domestic offices and overseas missions, developing and leading a significant number of operations, as well as transformational projects and programs.Phil Gurski 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&apo

  • Episode #130 - Should Canada bring back ISIS fighters for prosecution here?

    09/03/2022 Duração: 28min

    Some 40,000 ISIS terrorists joined the group in the mid-2010s from over 100 nations, including Canada.  Many are still alive, some languishing in prisons or camps, including women and children.  There are those lobbying for their return to their homelands: is this wise?  Borealis has a conversation with Dr. Alexandra Bain, a religious studies prof at St Thomas University in New Brunswick.CORRECTION: Dr Bain noted that a returned female ISIS terrorist has been charged and will appear in court in March; In fact she has not yet been charged.Dr. Alexandra Bain is an associate professor teaching Islamic studies at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick.  Dr. Bain was co-founder of Families Against Violent Extremism (FAVE) a Canadian non-profit organization whose goal is to help stop the spread of groups such as ISIS by working with their families. Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Programme Director for the Security, Economics and Technology (SET) hub

  • Episode #129 - Why 'follow the money' applies to terrorism too

    02/03/2022 Duração: 31min

    While acts of terrorism are not all expensive ventures, some terrorist groups do manage large financial empires (ISIS is a good example).  Just how important is this and how do we detect/stop these money flows?  Borealis talks with one of Canada's leading money laundering/terrorist financing gurus Kim ManchesterKim R. Manchester is the Managing Director of ManchesterCF Financial Intelligence, a firm based in Toronto that supplies online financial intelligence training programs to financial institutions and civil service.Phil Gurski 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'' -

  • Quick Hits | Who wants to work in national security?

    02/03/2022 Duração: 07min

    Borealis has a conversation with Jennifer Benmenashe in Montreal on why she wants to gain a position on national security with the Canadian government.About the guest Jennifer Benmenashe:After completing her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Toronto in History, Political Science and Religion, Jennifer Lauren continued her studies at King’s College London, UK, where she has just completed her Master’s degree in Intelligence and International Security. She has continued to engage in her research interests namely: the Taliban and its ability to retain power, conflict and human rights in the MENA region, and the recruitment of women into terrorist organizations. Jennifer’s focus lies in counterterrorism and human rights as well as in international security and American foreign policy.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 Developm

  • Episode #128 - Are incels really a threat to national security?

    23/02/2022 Duração: 24min

    The most recent Canadian national threat assessment names incels as one of the most serious menaces to public safety.  Are they really?  Borealis chats once again with the world's premiere authority on these people, the Incel Project founder Naama Kates.Naama Kates is an investigative journalist and host of the podcast "Incel" which dives deep inside the incel community. Phil Gurski 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/borealiss

  • Quick Hits | Terrorism: Canadian Style Eh!

    20/02/2022 Duração: 11min

    The events in Canada over the last few weeks have made international headlines and even spawned similar actions abroad (France, NZ, the Netherlands).  What is it all about?  Borealis weighs in on language, intelligence and a little discussed troubling event in Western Canada that could be actual terrorism.Mentionned articles:►Gurski: The ‘truck convoy’ is many things but it is not terrorism►CBC bias on full display in coverage of Freedom Convoy, Coastal GasLink protestsAbout 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/th

  • Episode #127 - What was it like to work as a spy in Canada?

    16/02/2022 Duração: 34min

    Movies about spies are a dime a dozen - think James Bond. But what is working in intelligence really like?  Borealis is joined by Andrew Kirsch, author of a new book "I was never here"Andrew Kirsch served as an intelligence officer with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) for just under a decade. He held roles as a policy analyst and a field investigator, ultimately leading the special operations security team running covert warranted operations. Today, Kirsch runs a security consulting firm, assisting organizations and individuals identify threats and vulnerabilities and implement strategies to mitigate their risk. He was appointed to the Ontario Expert Panel on Cyber Security in 2020, advising the government on strengthening cyber security practices in the broader public sector. He is a public speaker and trainer on issues of national and cyber security. His book – I Was Never Here: My True Canadian Spy Story of Coffees, Code Names and Covert Operations in the Age of Terrorism will b

  • Episode #126 - Is it time to revisit the mental illness/terrorism nexus?

    09/02/2022 Duração: 28min

    Many people probably believe that anyone who plans a terrorist attack in which their own death is assured (i.e. a suicide bomb) is mentally suspect.  And yet research has shown that most terrorists are as 'normal' as you or me.  But are they?  Borealis is joined by Norwegian practitioner Atle Mesoy to discuss these matters.Atle Mesoy is the founder of U-Turn, an Oslo-based NGO working to prevent violent extremism. U-Turn is based on research and fieldwork within terrorism and political violence and consists of experts from different backgrounds providing a holistic and critical approach to CVE (Countering Violent Extremism).Phil Gurski 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 homegr

  • Episode #125 - What should Canada do with Saudi Arabia?

    02/02/2022 Duração: 29min

    Three years ago a Saudi 'Tiger Team' tried to assassinate a high-ranking former intel official now living in Canada, Dr Saad Al Jabri.  When that failed, the Saudis sued the official, alleging massive fraud.  A similar case in the US has just been dismissed as groundless: what should Canada do now?  Borealis is rejoined by former CSIS agent Al Treddenick to discuss.Alan Treddenick is a former senior Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) officer who was stationed at the Canadian embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He has more than 30 years domestic/international tactical & strategic experience in intelligence operations and criminal investigations with CSIS and the RCMP.Phil Gurski 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

  • Episode #124 - Policing a capital city during a major demonstration

    01/02/2022 Duração: 26min

    When you are the chief of police of a major city or, more narrowly a national capital, things get complicated.  Not only are there everyday issues (traffic, petty crime, etc.) but also national security ones and there are often multiple police jurisdictions at play.  As Ottawa is still dealing with an anti-vaccine mandate trucking convoy, Borealis talks to former Ottawa Chief of Police Charles Bordeleau.Born and raised in Ottawa, Bordeleau began his policing career in 1984 and became police chief in 2012, serving in that role until 2019.  Phil Gurski 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

  • Quick Hits | Now there's a person on a mission

    27/01/2022 Duração: 09min

    An interview with Christine Veer, entrepreneur & investigator. She shares a little on her background and why she’s passionate about making a difference in the world of national security, especially counter-terrorism. You can also learn more about her through her Linkedin profile at www.linkedin.com/in/christine-veer/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/phi

  • Episode #123 - Canada-China relations in the post 'two Michaels' era

    26/01/2022 Duração: 24min

    When China seized the 'two Michaels' (Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig) in December 2018 it was clearly a retaliation for Canada's arrest, at the behest of the US, of the CFO of Huawei.  Canadians were incensed at this violation of law and blamed China for it.   A new book on this affair, entitled appropriately 'The Two Michaels', is out and Borealis has a chat with one of the authors, Canadian Press journalist Mike Blanchfield.Mike Blanchfield is the international affairs writer for The Canadian Press based in Ottawa. Blanchfield has been a journalist on Parliament Hill since 1998. His reporting has taken him across the world, including the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  He worked at the Ottawa Citizen for 22 years to 2009, and covered courts and police for eight years. He has graduated Carleton University twice, with his B.J. (hons) in 1987 and his M.J. in 2015.Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Programme Director for the Security,

  • Episode #122 - Just how bad are terrorist inmates?

    19/01/2022 Duração: 36min

    For many citizens the macabre fascination with terrorism ends when trials are held and the bad guys are sent to jail. But is that the end of the threat?  Borealis talks with former UK prison governor Ian Acheson on what happens after the barred doors are closed.Ian Acheson spent a quarter century in prison security and counter-terrorism. He also ran the UK government’s counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST, in Southwest England. He currently works as a senior adviser to the US-based Counter Extremism Project.Phil Gurski 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://borealisth

  • Episode #121 - A life as a US Special Agent

    12/01/2022 Duração: 35min

    For some of us a career in intelligence/law enforcement came about almost randomly (or completely randomly in my case!).  For others it was a chance to follow in the footsteps of someone admired.  Borealis talks to Eric Caron, a 25-year veteran US Special Agent about his career fighting bad guys.Eric Caron is a retired U.S. Diplomat, U.S. Special Agent, HSBC Middle East Bank Executive and author of SWITCHED ON – The Heart and Mind of a Special Agent. He held senior positions within the Department of Treasury, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and INTERPOL. Throughout his career, he successfully initiated and managed covert operations that identified and disrupted international WMD proliferation networks, terrorism, terror and financing. ►Visit Eric's website https://switchedonlife.com/Phil Gurski 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 Institu

  • Episode #120 - Killing to prevent terrorism from occurring

    05/01/2022 Duração: 35min

    When we talk about counter terrorism we mean all kinds of things, ranging from 'preventing' people from going down the road to potential violence to those who actually want to kill.  What is at stake when we have to kill to prevent an act from occurring.  Borealis has a chat with ex-Australian soldier Shane Healey on these issues and others.Shane Healey enlisted in the Australian Army in 1995. Between 2004 and 2008 he was a private military contractor in Iraq where he initially trained Iraqi Special Operations police who fought in the second battle of Fallujah which I was also involved in as part of the CMATT program. Shane then reenlisted into the Australian Army in 2009 as a member of the Australian Intelligence Corps posted to SOCOMD.Phil Gurski 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 analys

  • Quick Hits | ISIS terrorists should be tried and punished over there, not over here

    02/01/2022 Duração: 10min

    A curious phenomenon has arisen of late: Westerners advocating that Canada and other nations bring back ISIS terrorists. Such an act would necessitate expensive trials, the difficult gathering of evidence and the almost impossible procurement of witnesses. Borealis looks at why these people are almost the equivalent of the 'useful idiots' of the Cold War.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/borealissav

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