Athena Institute


Religion in Terrorism in the 21st Century - ISIS just the Tip of the Iceberg

As the tumultuous weeks and days of the fading summer of 2014 have shown, after evolving into a major security issue since the late 1990s, Islamist terrorism is on the rise again due to a complex mix of failed Western interventionism, local societal turmoil and religious sectarian conflicts. If North Africa, the Middle East or Central Asia descends into chaos, these regions will act as incubators for Islamist terrorists, elevating the possibility for an attack on Western soil to a new high, whilst destabilizing large swathes of the globe, spawning new conflicts in areas that have global importance due to geopolitics and natural resources.

The full analysis based on the Worldwide Terror List database is available here.