This volume focuses on the nexus between two of the most prominent themes in current articulations of threats to international security, a nexus formed where malevolent actors meet malignant means. The first component bound up in this pernicious union is the global jihadist movement, which consists of a loose ideational network of violent actors whose actions are usually terroristic in nature. Jihadists, at least in the minds of many Western governments and academics, are presently the most dangerous non-state actors worldwide, and are expected to remain so for some time to come. For example, a 2007 National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), the highest level product published by the U.S. intelligence community, states that “The main threat [to the U.S. homeland] comes from Islamic terrorist groups and cells, especially al-Qa‘ida, driven by their undiminished intent to attack the Homeland and a continued effort by these terrorist groups to adapt and improve their capabilities,” while the British MI5 security service asserts on its public Web site that, “The most significant terrorist threat comes from Al Qaida [sic] and associated networks.
Ackerman, Gary, and Jeremy Tamsett. 2008. Jihadists and Weapons of Mass Destruction West Palm Beach, FL:Auerbach Publications.
START Author(s):Gary Ackerman