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European Strategic Intelligence and Security Center (ESISC)

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ESISC “collects and analyses intelligence; produces geopolitical, economic, and security reports; monitors threats from terrorism, organised crime, piracy, and social unrest; follows social networks; and lobbies.” It was established in 2002, and specialises in the collection and analysis of intelligence in areas including security, geopolitics, and the economy.

A key tool provided by ESISC is the World Terror Watch, a paid subscription service which produces customised reports, analysis, and daily, weekly, or monthly briefings responding to the needs of each client. It gives alerts and analysis of the threats posed globally by international organised violence, whether linked to terrorism, organized crime, maritime piracy, social unrest or insurgencies.

Subscribing to the full WTW gives clients access to:

  • Real time email alerts. Between 5 December 2014 and 21 December 2014, AOAV received over 640 e-mail alerts.
  • Access to an online database containing thousands of incident reports, including details of those killed and injured in each incident
  • Situational briefings delivered by email analysing the most important security-related events of the week
  • A Q&A service that provides answers to specific questions in 12 to 24 hours.

They offer a 15-day free trial subscription, which gives access to the database. The database can be searched for the following fields: date; keywords; country; modus operandi; nature; perpetrator; and incident type. The results are mapped and colour-coded by incident. Incidents can be categorised as: an ambush; arrests; bomb or grenade; military action; riots and civil unrest; statement; other.

Each incident can be expanded, with a significant amount of data available for each, including the number of those who were killed or wounded.

WTW told AOAV that they have a multilingual team of analysts who search for information on hundreds of websites and social media. This information is then verified and entered into the database. The WTW currently has the following language capabilities: English, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Russian, Azeri and Turkish.

The database has a couple of limitations, principally that it cannot be downloaded, and in filtering the data on the website no distinction is made between ‘bomb’ and ‘IED’. The database can be searched for ‘IED’ and if the description contains the word IED then the result will be shown.

There is a high cost to this database that is a significant barrier to its public utility. The cost varies from EURO 360 per year for access to information on one region of the world for one user, accessing only the database or receiving a weekly briefing, to EURO 30,000 for access to global data, a subscription to email alerts, weekly briefings, unlimited users, and unlimited Q&As per month.

This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.