Athena Institute


The Geopolitics of Terror – A Shadowy Proxy War

It is clear that there is an ongoing shadow-war behind global terrorism, in which several countries wage proxy wars against each other. This shadow-war underpins the immense geopolitical struggle that ensues in the background between the West and the Islamic world, behind the Sunni-Shiite sectarian divide, behind local territorial disputes, behind ethnic conflicts and behind regional power struggles. It is impossible to predict which countries will emerge victorious from this shadow-war, if winning is an option at all in a proxy conflict that causes huge losses in human lives and helps brutal dictatorships and oppressive autocratic regimes to survive.

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