When Symmetric and Asymmetric Threats Converge—A New (and Grim) Prospect for NATO Cover Image

When Symmetric and Asymmetric Threats Converge—A New (and Grim) Prospect for NATO
When Symmetric and Asymmetric Threats Converge—A New (and Grim) Prospect for NATO

Author(s): Kacper Rękawek
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Polski Instytut Spraw Międzynarodowych

Summary/Abstract: Terrorism has never disappeared from NATO’s list of security concerns. Nonetheless, its tature visibly diminished in the aftermath of the killing of Osama bin Laden and the notional nd of the so called Global War on Terror. In early 2014, however, the Alliance is faced with a ifferent type of terrorism that seems to have morphed into an element of a traditional, erritorial threat as it emanates from two entities situated on NATO’s eastern border: the slamic State of Iraq and the Levant in the South-East, which launches terrorist operatives nto Turkey, and the Russian Federation, which utilised asymmetric means to annex Crimea nd now stands accused of exporting terrorism to Ukraine. NATO’s Eastern members are now oncerned with the threat that Russia may use similar means, including terrorism, in order to oment instability on their territories, and the Alliance should now enhance its capabilities in helping them respond to it.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 43
  • Page Range: 01-05
  • Page Count: 5
  • Language: English