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Globalisation and the Future of Terrorism

Patterns and Predictions, 1st Edition

By Brynjar Lia


278 pages

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Drawing upon new research and methods outside the traditional focus, and by taking both a theoretical approach and a new practical predictive perspective, Brynjar Lia delivers a fresh and fascinating contribution to terrorism studies.

Globalisation and the Future of Terrorism shows us that while predicting terrorism is a highly speculative business, there are ways of identifying certain long-term causes, driving forces and their links with society. Terrorists are usually integral players in local and sometimes global politics. Hence, when the local, regional and international contexts change, so does terrorism.

Thoroughly reviewing the body of literature on the causes of terrorism, this study also combines predictive and futuristic analyses on globalisation, supported by a range of key case studies. It spans from the transformation of international relations, the globalization of the market economy, demographic factors, ideological shifts and technological changes. The result is a set of key conclusions about the future patterns of terrorism, which are not simply best guesses, but also backed up by solid research.

This book will be of great interest to all students and scholars of terrorism, globalization, politics and international relations.


The future is notoriously difficult to predict, especially when it comes to terrorism which thrives on the unexpected. Brynjar Lia's Globalisation and the Future of Terrorism is probably the best guide available – an impressive tour d'horizon, methodologically sound, well-argued and convincing in its conclusion that, unfortunately, high levels of terrorism are going to be with us for a very long time.

Alex P. Schmid, UN Terrorism Prevention Branch, Vienna

Globalisation has had a profound impact on contemporary terrorist thinking and behaviour. A pre-eminent specialist on the security environment, Brynjar Lia has authored the definitive text on the subject. As terrorist and insurgent groups worldwide harness the forces of globalization, Lia skilfully dissects its enduring impact on security. It must be read by the specialist and the generalist.

Rohan Gunaratna, Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, Singapore and US Military Academy, West Point and author, "Inside Al Qaeda, Global Network of Terror" (Columbia University Press)

Dr Brynjar Lia is uniquely qualified to authoritatively speak on terrorism issues. This book provides an extremely useful analytical toolbox as to how globalisation and broader structural causes produce and drive terrorism across the globe in differing contexts. The new global security environment demands new thinking about terrorism. This book provides that critical roadmap towards understanding terrorism strategically as an asymmetric challenge for future generations.

Dr Magnus Ranstorp, St Andrews University

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Causes of Terrorism 3. International Relations in the Future 4. The Global Market Economy 5. The Demographic Factor 6. Ideological Shifts 7. Our Technological Future 8. Conclusion

About the Series

Contemporary Security Studies

This series focuses on new research across the spectrum of international peace and security, in an era where each year throws up multiple examples of conflicts that present new security challenges in the world around them.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security