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Title: An Analysis of Globalization as a Catalyst for International Terrorism
Authors: Attuquayefio, P.
Ashie, L.
University of Ghana, College of Humanities, Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy
Keywords: Globalization
Issue Date: Aug-2015
Publisher: University of Ghana
Abstract: Terrorism generically defined, as the use of violence for social, political, religious, or other motives is not a new phenomenon and originally traced to the French Revolution in the 18th Century. This notwithstanding, the phenomenon gained worldwide attention following the 9/11 2001 attack of the United States of America by Al Qaeda, an international terrorist group. The subsequent events including the declaration of the Global War on Terror by the United States has ensured that terrorism remains topical in discussion on international politics. One of the critical issues in that regard has been the conversation as regards the contribution of globalization to the phenomenon of international terrorism. This is due to the argument that some of the features of globalization such as the evolution and expansion of Information and Communication Technology as well as the enhanced fluidity of international finance can be catalysts to international terrorism. Using secondary data, subjected to qualitative analysis, this study sought to examine the concept of globalization as a catalyst to international terrorism. The study among others affirmed the positive linkages between globalization and terrorism. It noted, most importantly, that the drivers of globalization have consciously or inadvertently served as prime enhancers of international terrorism. Thus, in conclusion, the study calls for an admission of the reality of the relationship between globalization and international terrorism. Such an admission demands that advances in technology should elicit an expectation of advances in the modes of terrorist activities, and by implication lead to the development of more proactive counterterrorism measures.
Description: Thesis(2015)-University of Ghana, 2015
Appears in Collections:Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy

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