Jul 3 2011

Decaying ‘roots of terrorism’ in an age of new global challenges

Following on from the previous post on cyber terrorism, revived my thoughts on the future and sustainability of the current terrorist threat to the West. How sustainable is the status quo threat from terrorism in the face of environment challenges and ‘Arab Springs’?.

This quote taken from the French 2006 White Paper on terrorism provides some interesting ‘food for thought’ on this idea.

Global Islamist-inspired terrorism … seeks to occupy the political space created by the collapse of communism revolutionary or third world ideologies. It occupies the anti-imperialist space that no one else fills any longer. By doing so it seeks to place itself in the continuity of anti-colonialist wars. In the rejectionist wars against the West and the fight against the great economic powers, we cannot exclude that it will one day seek a rapprochement with the most radical of the anti-globalization movements.

Taken from: Secretariat General de la Defense Nationale, Livre blanc du Gouvernement sur la sécurité intérieure face au terrorisme, Paris: La Documentation Française, 2006

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Adam Brown is editorial manager for the War on Terror blog series at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He holds a BA in International Relations and a MSc in Human Rights with a focus on cyber security and rights.
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