Violent extremism and its continuum

Beware of a false calm in the fight against terror

With the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) seemingly in eclipse, many senior security officials and terrorism analysts we have interacted with around the world are saying they have now time to think, attend conferences, and see to other security issues that loom large these days. Case studies on lessons learnt can be compiled, loose ends (like the foreign fighter returnee issue) tackled and then, so the reasoning goes, we can all move on to other pressing concerns.

We've actually been here before - sort of.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 11, 2018, with the headline 'Violent extremism and its continuum'. Subscribe