Terrorism | Wilson Center


Assessing ISIS Expansion in Southeast Asia: Major Threat or Misplaced Fear?

In an era of international terrorism and the rise of large, well-organized Islamic jihadist groups working hard to violently establish strict conservative Islamic states, the need for continually evolving threat assessments becomes paramount for the safety of lives and assets. One such threat assessment to evaluate is the vulnerability of the Southeast Asian region as a possible new theater for the expansion of the jihadist group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The Pakistani Taliban: Down But Not Out?

In June 2014, the Pakistani military launched a major counterterrorism offensive in the North Waziristan tribal area. This operation has dealt a major blow to the Pakistani Taliban or Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which was arguably once the most active and lethal terrorist organization in Pakistan.

The Evolving Threat of Violent Extremism: Getting Ahead of the Curve

The West failed to predict the emergence of al Qaeda in new forms across the Middle East and North Africa. It was blindsided by ISIS's sweep across Syria and Iraq, a blow that changed the map of the Middle East, at least temporarily. Both movements skillfully continue to evolve—and surprise. They have produced dozens of franchises, expanding the threat globally. A new U.S. administration faces daunting tests in navigating violent extremism and the related policy problems. Please join the U.S.

The Jihadi Threat 1: The Future of Extremism

Jihadism has evolved dramatically and traumatically since the 9/11 attacks. Movements, leaders, targets, tactics, and arenas of operation have all proliferated in ways unimagined in 2001. The international community has mobilized unprecedented force against an array of jihadis, with mixed results. The United States alone has spent trillions of dollars—in military campaigns, intelligence, law enforcement, homeland security, and diplomacy—to counter jihadism.

Countering Female Violent Extremism in Kenya

Terrorists have increasingly focused recruitment efforts on women. Wilson Center Africa Program Scholar Frederick Ogenga is studying the phenomenon to better understand the role of women in violent extremism in Kenya and the role that media can play in framing, portraying, and maybe even preventing the activity. Can an African-centric media approach contribute to preventing women from becoming involved in facilitating and perpetrating terrorism?

The Beginning of the End of Russia’s Estrangement from the West

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Transatlantic Perspectives in Fighting Violent Extremism: Challenges and Strategies

The 3rd Annual Swiss Day marks the ongoing collaboration between the Wilson Center and the Europa Institut at the University of Zurich.

Preventing violent extremism is one of the key challenges facing today’s policymakers. The Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF), founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2014, represents an innovative public-private partnership approach aimed at strengthening the resilience of local communities against violent extremist agendas.

8 Misguided Arguments on Refugees and Terrorism

Refugee resettlement in the United States is as politicized as it has been in generations. That is a shame, because our current dumbed-down debate distracts us from reforms that could attract consensus support, decreasing security risks while ensuring the program’s viability.

Middle East Leaders at UN on Extremism

Top leaders from across the Middle East expressed their support for efforts to confront terrorism, in their addresses to the 71st session of the U.N. General Assembly. They emphasized the need for international cooperation and partnerships to defeat the urgent threat to international peace and security. Some called for addressing the roots of terrorism and circumstances that contribute to the promotion of radical ideologies. But the leaders also stressed that terrorism is not associated with any religion, highlighting Islam’s tolerance and moderation.

Vilification of Saudi Arabia Serves No Good Purpose

The vilification of Saudi Arabia has become a fashionable but highly risky game in Washington today.  Congress has passed overwhelmingly a bill that would lift Saudi Arabia’s sovereign immunity to allow 9/11 families to sue its government for its alleged support of the worst terrorist attack ever inside the United States.