What you should know about digital foreign interference: Alex Wilner and Sydney Reis in Maclean’s

When it comes to the future of digital foreign interference (DFI), technology will increasingly make us question the veracity of all our information content. We still don’t fully know all the ways that AI could impact DFI, write Alex Wilner and Sydney Reis. By Alex Wilner and Sydney Reis, September 12, 2019 Forget what you… Continue reading What you should know about digital foreign interference: Alex Wilner and Sydney Reis in Maclean’s

AI, bots and deep fakes: MLI study shows how technology shapes the fight against foreign political interference

OTTAWA, ON (August 29, 2019): Hostile foreign actors are increasingly employing digital foreign interference (DFI) as part of their toolkit to undermine democratic countries like Canada and its allies. This remains a serious, ongoing threat. And, with our federal election less than two months away, Canada needs to guard against possible intrusions in its information… Continue reading AI, bots and deep fakes: MLI study shows how technology shapes the fight against foreign political interference

Understanding the Backgrounds of Canada’s Jihadists: Alex Wilner for Inside Policy

Similarly to contemporary European or US jihadists, Canadian participants in Islamist militancy are remarkably diverse in their ethnic origins, social and economic status, educational and vocational accomplishments, gender, and so on, writes Alex Wilner.  By Alex Wilner, May 17, 2019 The recent territorial defeat of the Islamic State has brought renewed global attention on the… Continue reading Understanding the Backgrounds of Canada’s Jihadists: Alex Wilner for Inside Policy

Assessing Islamist Radicalization in Canada: New MLI Report

OTTAWA, ON (April 9, 2019): With ISIS facing complete collapse, Canada is now forced to deal with an uncomfortable reality; there are Canadians who joined or supported movements such as ISIS and Al-Qaeda who are coming home or are already here. What do we know about these individuals? Who are they, and how many are… Continue reading Assessing Islamist Radicalization in Canada: New MLI Report

Why Canada’s counter-proliferation framework needs an update: Alex Wilner in the Hill Times

New strategies for communicating threats, responses, and obligations with a range of Canadian stakeholders are needed, writes Alex Wilner. By Alex Wilner, March 18, 2019 Over the past 70 years, few concepts have had as big a role in safeguarding humanity against the use of weapons of mass destruction than counter-proliferation. It is a national… Continue reading Why Canada’s counter-proliferation framework needs an update: Alex Wilner in the Hill Times

Manchester terrorist attack shocking but not surprising, Alex Wilner tells CBC

The recent Manchester terrorist attack at a pop music concert was a “brutal act of violence against children”, MLI Munk Senior Fellow Alex Wilner told CBC News Ottawa. “It’s shocking, it’s horrific, it’s brutal, but it’s not surprising”, Wilner said. “There have been dozens of thwarted attacks in the UK and in Europe – attacks… Continue reading Manchester terrorist attack shocking but not surprising, Alex Wilner tells CBC

MLI tackles the complexity of world affairs with the Global Security Look Ahead project

The Macdonald-Laurier Institute has collected all six essays from its recently-concluded project on global security in once place OTTAWA, April 6, 2017 – The world is an increasingly messy place. The Macdonald-Laurier Institute is diving headlong into the complexity of global affairs with its Global Security Look Ahead project. We asked seven scholars from Canada… Continue reading MLI tackles the complexity of world affairs with the Global Security Look Ahead project

Global terrorism picture is grim: Alex Wilner in Sun papers

Rates of terrorism peaked in 2014 and have barely crested since. Alex Wilner asks in Sun papers: What’s driving these high rates of terrorism? By Alex Wilner, Feb. 16, 2017 The global terrorism picture is grim. Rates of terrorism peaked in 2014 and have barely crested. For the past two years in a row, over… Continue reading Global terrorism picture is grim: Alex Wilner in Sun papers

What comes after the defeat of ISIS?: Alex Wilner for iPolitics

Alex Wilner argues Western countries like Canada will face some tough work to contain the offshoots of ISIS following the terror group’s imminent defeat. This op-ed is based on a forthcoming commentary in the Global Security Look Ahead series. By Alex Wilner, Feb. 13, 2017 In September 2014, U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled his long-awaited… Continue reading What comes after the defeat of ISIS?: Alex Wilner for iPolitics

MLI Global Security Look Ahead Project: Alex Wilner for Inside Policy

By Alex Wilner, Jan. 16, 2017 The world is an increasingly messy place. Diplomatic relations between the major global powers – the United States, China, Russia, and the Europeans – are strained. Continued American leadership in military and economic affairs is uncertain: the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) wobbles as a result. Armed brinkmanship in… Continue reading MLI Global Security Look Ahead Project: Alex Wilner for Inside Policy