Australian Jihad: Radicalisation and Counter-Terrorism

Mullins, Sam (2011) Australian Jihad: Radicalisation and Counter-Terrorism. Elcano Newsletter (81). 9 p.. ISSN 1698-5184

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Abstract

‘Home-grown’ Islamist terrorism has developed in Australia in a comparable pattern to other Western countries. The Australian counter-terrorism strategy is similar to that in the UK, including the recent introduction of community-based preventive initiatives. This ARI summarises the findings from an-depth empirical study of all publicly-confirmed cases of Islamist terrorism involving Australians. The domestic situation of Australian Muslims is briefly described, followed by an overview of Islamist terrorism cases to date, including the number and location of cases and the level of threat they have presented, both domestically and internationally. The background characteristics of offenders and details of radicalisation are discussed, followed by an examination of the national counter-terrorism (CT) strategy, with a focus upon counter-radicalisation initiatives. Current CT tactics appear to be appropriate to the nature of the threat; however, it will be important to closely monitor preventive measures in order to avoid a potential backlash similar to that in the UK, and to make sure that they are appropriately targeted.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Estudio sólo disponible en inglés
Uncontrolled Keywords: Terrorismo Internacional
Subjects: INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION > INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS > DEFENCE POLICY.
INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION > INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS > TERRORISM.
INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION > COUNTRIES AND REGIONS > AUSTRALIA
ECONOMIC POLICY; SOCIAL POLICY; PLANNING > ECONOMIC POLICY; PLANNING > STRATEGIC PLANNING
CULTURE; SOCIETY > ETHICS; RELIGION > FUNDAMENTALISM
Divisions: Real Instituto Elcano, RIE
Depositing User: Jorge Horcas Pulido
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2012 02:49
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2012 02:49
URI: http://biblioteca.ribei.org/id/eprint/2183

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