Global Terrorism: A Polymorphous Phenomenon

Reinares, Fernando (2009) Global Terrorism: A Polymorphous Phenomenon. Elcano Newsletter (55). 7 p.. ISSN 1698-5184

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Abstract

This ARI describes and analyses the various components observed in the current web of global terrorism. The risks and threats that terrorism related directly or indirectly to al-Qaeda pose for a given country or region of the world depend on how the various components eventually combine. Seven and a half years after the 11 September attacks in the US, the current web of global terrorism includes a reconstituted al-Qaeda, the territorial extensions it has managed to establish, a heterogeneous set of affiliated groups and organisations, and finally an indefinite number of self-constituted and spontaneously formed independent local cells. It would be a mistake to confuse the latter part for the whole, implying that global terrorism today is an amorphous phenomenon, when in fact it is polymorphous. The nature of the global terrorist threat for a given country or region of the world depends precisely on how these different components eventually combine.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Estudio sólo disponible en inglés
Uncontrolled Keywords: Terrorismo Internacional
Subjects: INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION > INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS > INTERNATIONALIZATION.
INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION > INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS > INTERNATIONAL POLITICS.
INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION > INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS > TERRORISM.
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/1709

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