Placing “Lone-actor Terrorism” in Context. Who Are We Dealing with and What Threat Do They Pose? Preliminary Results of the FP7 PRIME Project Cover Image
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Placing “Lone-actor Terrorism” in Context. Who Are We Dealing with and What Threat Do They Pose? Preliminary Results of the FP7 PRIME Project
Placing “Lone-actor Terrorism” in Context. Who Are We Dealing with and What Threat Do They Pose? Preliminary Results of the FP7 PRIME Project

Author(s): Kacper Gradoń
Subject(s): Law, Constitution, Jurisprudence, Criminal Law
Published by: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: Extremism; radicalization; terrorism; lone actors; lone wolf terrorism; PRIME; counter-terrorism; Police; Intelligence; special services

Summary/Abstract: The author presents the de-classified preliminary findings of the European Commission funded FP7 research project PRIME, dealing with extremism, radicalization and lone-actor terrorism (also known as “lone wolf terrorism”). The article provides partial results of the research consisting of a context analysis of the lone actor threat, that is a description of a range of identified contextual elements which may affect the relevance, adoption, implementation or exploitation of the PRIME Project's final deliverables (counter- and communication measures requirements portfolios), including differences in culture and legislation across Europe, as well as operational (law-enforcement-related and stakeholder-identified) constraints. The article presents a host of definitional issues related to “lone wolf terrorism”, provides results of the surveys / questionnaires performed in Poland and India and ends with a summary of the problems, constraints and obstacles to the successful and efficient use of operational procedures available for the law-enforcement and security agencies and institutions, based on data gathered through engagement activities with security practitioners.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 67
  • Page Range: 165-180
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: English