In the 20 years since the 11 September terrorist attacks on New York and Washington DC, extreme Islamist groups have proliferated across the Middle East, Africa, and parts of Asia, while the threat of terrorism remains high across Europe and the US.
Fighting terrorism has become an additional reason for governments around the world to increase the powers of the state. In some cases, governments have used the threat of terrorism to crack down on separatist and opposition movements.
Fears of the spread of terrorism present liberal democratic governments with difficult trade-offs when it comes to cooperating on security issues with more authoritarian counterparts.
This panel explores the effects of 20 years of the ‘war on terror’.
How has it affected the nature and patterns of conflict and international response to conflicts?
How have its successes and failures impacted the ways in which US and European governments assess and respond to ongoing threats from international terrorism?
Will US and allied forces withdrawal from Afghanistan and, probably Iraq, change the way the US and Europe cooperate with other major and regional powers in managing international terrorist threats?
This event is part of Chatham House’s ongoing work on the Future of Conflict.
As with all member events, questions from the audience drive the conversation.