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Kosovo joins effort to address terrorism.

A Global Hazard

July 2014, Number 05.03

“Security threats are a continuous concern for societies, governments and international institutions. And war is no longer the only security threat that states face.1 The end of the 20th century and the beginning of 21st have been characterized by the complexity of national and transnational security threats. Transnational terrorism has unquestionably become one of greatest threats to national and international security, along with armed conflicts, organized crime, financial crises, environmental degradation, pandemics, poverty and migration.

Terrorism is an old phenomenon, but it has evolved over time depending on economic, social and political development, globalization and rapid technological development. From a historical viewpoint — despite changes in modus operandi, form and appearance — terrorism has had extensive negative consequences around the world. However, the September 11, 2001, attacks in the United States, the Madrid train bombing in 2004, the London metro bombings in 2005 and other attacks around the world, with their excessive casualties and material damage, sowed widespread fear and indicated a new complex dimension to terrorism with the potential to threaten global peace and security...”

Excerpt from Kadri Arifi, “A Global Hazard,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  5, No. 3, 2014: 48-51.

Kadri Arifi is a lecturer at the University AAB in Pristina, Kosovo, and doctoral candidate at University UET in Tirana, Albania. Previously, he worked for the Kosovo police in the department of criminal intelligence and organized crime. He is an expert in security issues, terrorism, organized crime, anticorruption and emergency management. He earned a master’s degree in international relations and diplomacy in 2007 and is a 2010 graduate of the Marshall Center’s Senior Executive Seminar.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.