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Jacobson: Europe’s New Terror Threat

Interviewee: Michael Jacobson
Interviewer: Julia Choe
July 25, 2007

Recent incidents of terrorism have pushed many European countries to strengthen their domestic counterterrorism efforts. The summer 2007 UK bombing attempts highlighted Europe’s new position as a target for Islamic terrorism, in spite of efforts by the European community to avoid alienating Muslims. Some countries such as Britain and Spain are used to dealing with domestic terrorism threats, but others lag in terms of establishing effective security mechanisms.

Michael Jacobson, Senior Fellow at the Stein Program on Terrorism, Intelligence, and Policy at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, discusses European counterterrorism efforts, saying that while the UK, France, and Spain have taken “real steps forward,” newer European members still have a long way to go.


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