Terrorism: New Trends and Frontiers
This book illustrates how Africa has become an incubator for Islamic extremism, and how global and local actors and factors interweave to form a unique – 'glocali-zed' – form of terrorism on the continent. The contributions of authors reflect the spatial continuity of terrorism-affected areas in Africa and the creeping proliferation of terrorist groups across the region. Special attention is paid to Mozambique, which has become the southernmost hotbed of terrorism in the world in the wake of discovering large hydrocarbon reservoirs. A prime finding of the present volume is that terrorism has become increasingly one of the major obstacles to sustainable development in Africa. Further, the book critically evaluates counterterrorism responses by African and other states, and also examines contemporary terrorism tactics and strategies, including the widening use of social media for propaganda purposes and recruitment, the adoption of environmental agenda, and the development of new financing schemes amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The need to shift the focus away from the current military approach to countering terrorism in Africa is an issue that cuts across all chapters of the volume.