Targeting Energy Infrastructure: Examining the Terrorist Threat in North Africa and its Broader Implications

Giroux, Jennifer (2009) Targeting Energy Infrastructure: Examining the Terrorist Threat in North Africa and its Broader Implications. Elcano Newsletter (53). 10 p.. ISSN 1698-5184

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Abstract

This paper analyses the terrorist threats to energy infrastructures in North Africa –with a specific focus on events in the Sudan and Algeria, where oil and gas resources have been targeted–, at the statements made by al-Qaeda in this regard and at the protection strategies which are needed. This ARI examines terrorist attacks on energy infrastructures in the current environment, in which tighter supply channels have created a market that is more vulnerable to disruptions. In addition, most new discoveries of oil and gas are made in uncertain neighbourhoods where conflict and instability threaten production. As North Africa is a significant source of natural gas for Western Europe, this analysis will focus on events in the Sudan and Algeria where energy infrastructure –chiefly oil and gas resources– have been targeted. Statements by al-Qaeda regarding the targeting of energy infrastructure will also be discussed as they might point to an emerging strategy in North Africa, where al-Qaeda affiliates operate. Concluding remarks will highlight the short- and long-term strategies needed to protect energy resources and deter groups from making attacks that can either affect key supply channels or, more likely, cause markets to respond by raising energy costs due to the –perceived– vulnerability of supplies.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Estudio sólo disponible en inglés
Uncontrolled Keywords: Terrorismo Internacional
Subjects: INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION > INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS > TERRORISM.
INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION > COUNTRIES AND REGIONS > NORTH AFRICA
ECONOMIC POLICY; SOCIAL POLICY; PLANNING > ECONOMIC POLICY; PLANNING > PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE
CULTURE; SOCIETY > ETHICS; RELIGION > FUNDAMENTALISM
INDUSTRY > ENERGY > ENERGY SUPPLY.
INDUSTRY > ENERGY > POWER DISTRIBUTION.
Divisions: Real Instituto Elcano, RIE
Depositing User: Jorge Horcas Pulido
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2012 09:51
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2012 09:51
URI: http://biblioteca.ribei.org/id/eprint/1703

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