Terrorism and the International Business Environment

Terrorism and the International Business Environment

The Security–Business Nexus

Edited by Gabriele G.S. Suder

This book was born from the editor’s conviction that a wide set of contributors should provide the economic and corporate sectors with guidelines, developed from rigorous research and case studies, to analyse those adjustments made necessary through international terrorism, as known since September 11th 2001. It argues that corporate asset protection and accurate business risk assessment is vital to the longevity, and resilience of business.

Chapter 1: Introduction

Gabriele G.S. Suder

Subjects: business and management, international business, politics and public policy, international politics, terrorism and security


Gabriele G.S. Suder The past century, the last of a millennium, saw many changes in geopolitical and economic structures that were established by the desire and need to open up or isolate human groupings, whether in the shape of nations, states, regions or economic zones. Geopolitics, economics and trade have therefore followed one another in the establishment, functioning and restructure of the international business environment. The two world wars and the Cold War behind us, the main drivers of globalization were technological advance and geopolitical change made over the last hundred years. The last two decades of the century saw an intensifying of trade patterns with the end of the Cold War, of the Soviet empire, and of the bipolar superpower equilibrium between the Soviet Union and the United States. At the same time as the international business environment changes, international trade alters. For instance 80 per cent of international trade is now conducted by foreign direct investment, rather than the cross-border movement of goods and services (Rugman, 2000). The hegemonic strengthening of the one remaining superpower appeared certain, and international business developments have been structured around this superpower, in zones of power politics, economic integration and globalization. In matters of security, micro-conflicts, wars of intervention and multilateral negotiations have been the main focus of the international community during this time. On September 11, 2001, the world held its breath and saw the unthinkable, terrifying, revolting truth of the new millennium: terrorism has globalized, too. Threat is intangible, and...