55 Trends Now Shaping the Future of Terrorism by Marvin Cetron, Owen Davies

By Marvin Cetron, Owen Davies

Preface
This research might be considered as a reaction to a choice sounded by way of Dr. Thomas Mahnken on the Forces Transformation Chairs assembly in February 2007. Dr. Mahnken, Deputy Assistant Secretary of safeguard for coverage making plans, mentioned that the USA responds to shocks so much effectively while it has already well-known and answered to the developments from which they emerge. it really is much less winning whilst these traits have long gone unidentified or while no potent reaction to them has been fixed. One case the place the developments weren't famous in time was once the terrorist assaults of September eleven, 2001. It therefore turns into helpful, Dr. Mahnken concluded, to advance a method of deciding on developments and responding to them earlier than acute demanding situations emerge.

Forecasting overseas (FI) heartily agreed. FI is without doubt one of the world’s ideal futurist organisations. It makes a speciality of the research of traits. To our wisdom, we have been the 1st such association to use development research to the matter of terrorism. We did so with massive success.
FI begun its paintings on terrorism in 1994, while it controlled the 4th Annual protection world wide struggling with Terrorism convention for the Pentagon. Its convention document, Terror 2000: the long run Face of Terror, competently envisioned the increase of Muslim extremism as a resource of terror, the terrorists’ turning out to be style for mass bloodletting, using coordinated assaults on far-off goals, or even an attack at the Pentagon utilizing a hijacked aircraft (omitted on the request of the kingdom Department). when you consider that then, FI has frequently studied terrorist matters for either executive and personal industry.
In the present document, FI examines the way forward for overseas terrorism. during this attempt, it's been assisted through greater than fifty of the world’s foremost specialists within the fields of antiterrorism, intelligence, protection, and policing. This specialist panel incorporated individuals of the intelligence group, experts from the U.S. executive and armed forces, defense specialists, imagine tank staffers, forecasters, college professors, and native police officers. such a lot got here from the U.S., yet Australia, Canada, eire, New Zealand, Russia, and Switzerland additionally have been represented. a number of members selected to stay nameless, as a result of their delicate positions in govt and the army. One contributor is a personal citizen of whom we all know not anything, shop that he answered to article we had released and supplied a few fascinating thoughts.

This typifies our technique during this paintings. we have now attempted to be inclusive, instead of specific. FI’s personal perspectives, and people of convinced specialists, dominate the document, yet a few were included—often within the appendices—specifically simply because they diverge from the mainstream and may offer worthy insights or novel principles that may now not come up from extra traditional assets. we've attempted to fail to remember not anything that are supposed to at the least be thought of. some of the principles offered the following need to be noticeable on the maximum degrees of government.

Key findings from our panel of specialists include:
International terrorism will develop as veterans of the Iraq battle go back to their local lands, educate • sympathizers within the strategies of terror, and unfolded around the world.

Among the Western lands, Britain and France (owing to their huge Muslim populations) and the • usa might be on the maximum probability of assault, in that order. additional assaults at the scale of 11th of September are to be anticipated in all 3 nations over the diversity of 5 to 10 years.

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Japan will remain some years behind the curve, owing to the strength of its traditionally male-dominated culture. Women’s increasing entrepreneurialism will allow the formation of entrenched “old girl” networks comparable to the men’s relationships that once dominated business. The fraction of women entering the American labor force has leveled off in recent years. The percentage of female workers is likely to remain approximately stable until some force appears to begin a new trend. Demand for child care, universal health coverage, and other familyoriented services will continue to grow, particularly in the United States, where national services have yet to develop.

Migration is mixing disparate peoples and forcing them to find ways to coexist peacefully and productively. Because of this, the interaction of diverse cultures will continue to grow, both internationally and intranationally, throughout much of the world. • The Internet and other technologies promote long-distance communication and build links between distant, and disparate, people. • Mass media, including television, radio, films, interactive games, and music tend to homogenize global culture as they promote a common language, mores, and cultural reference points.

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