Date of Graduation

Spring 2019

Degree

Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies

Department

Defense and Strategic Studies

Committee Chair

John Rose

Keywords

terrorism, counterterrorism, terrorism in the 2020s, the future of terrorism, terrorist organizations, international alliances, foreign terrorist fighters, cyberterrorism, the crime-terror nexus, countering violent extremism

Subject Categories

Criminology and Criminal Justice | Defense and Security Studies | Military, War, and Peace | Terrorism Studies

Abstract

This thesis uses quantitative and qualitative research methods to (1) explore the global trends and trajectories of terrorism, (2) identify emerging strategic challenges, and (3) outline an opportunity analysis for U.S. counterterrorism strategy. Collectively, this project provides a strategic forecast for terrorism in the 2020s, demonstrating that terrorism is becoming increasingly dangerous, dynamic, and difficult to defeat.

Copyright

© Landon W. Swearngin

Open Access

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