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 13: A New Challenge for Security Policy

Kai Hirschmann

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


Kai Hirschmann INTRODUCTION International terrorism is a phenomenon in transition. It reflects continuity, but also significant change. The terrorist’s motivations, methods and targets have notably changed. New types of adversaries have emerged in addition to the old, making use of the latest technical developments and operating with higher financial resources. New forms of terrorism have enlarged the terrorist repertoire. So far, the face of terrorism has not remained the same. On the other hand, the vulnerability of modern societies has increased. Tendencies for certain groups or individuals to radicalize cannot be denied. A growing number of controversial issues within or between societies increase the likelihood of extremist behaviour. Terrorism prevention strategies have to develop concepts against this changed background. But concerning the predictive capabilities, the range of potential new terrorist weapons, types and associated scenarios for destruction will create major problems for those responsible for identifying this new generation of terrorist threats. Nevertheless, there are some who long for the ‘good old days’ when a ‘terror network’ guided by state sponsors could be blamed for bombings, hostage-taking, skyjacking and other forms of mayhem. Understanding September 11, 2001 as a key date in world history does not conclude that there was a sudden and irreversible change of any preexisting conditions. The terrorist attacks in the United States merely increased the visibility of previous processes that had already been unfolding out of sight for the public. In the new millennium, people have increasingly been experiencing terror in their own backyards...

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