PRFAP: Radicalization & Homegrown Plots in Terrorism Post-9/11: Case Studies of London, New York, Ottawa and Sydney

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Date(s) - 17/04/2013
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

MAI seminar room,H5.95 Building H, 5th floor


Presenter: Ifti Rashid

In the decade following September 11, 2011, the world has faced a new wave of homegrown terrorism in Western countries. Homegrown terrorism defies previous assumptions that terrorist threats emanate primarily outside the borders of a country. The researcher examines the tactical transformation of Al Qaeda from an “operational group” to an “ideological movement”, focusing on radicalization driven by an ideological narrative of a so-called war between the West and Islam. South Asians of Pakistani and Bangladeshi descent have been recently arrested and convicted for their involvement in several terrorist cases. Case studies of London, New York, Ottawa and Sydney terror plots are analysed to identify common patterns in radicalization, including influences of extremist propaganda, social networks and internet.