Visitors to Boston’s Copley Square look at a memorial to victims of the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing

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NATO Confronts Terrorism

July 2013, Number 04.03

“On April 15, 2013, the world stood shocked as it watched the aftermath of two bomb explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Unfortunately, the Boston bombing was not the only act of terrorism that day. Iraq was riddled by a string of attacks in anticipation of its elections, and there were other incidents around the globe. Terrorism is not going away any time soon.

Individual nations continue to place terrorism at the forefront of national security concerns. Fighting terrorism, though, does not stop at national borders. International organizations play a key role in creating a framework in which nations can operate. Like many other organizations, NATO placed combating terrorism at the top of its priority list since the September 11, 2001, attacks...”

Excerpt from Andrew Bernard, “NATO Confronts Terrorism,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 4, No. 3, 2013: 24-27.

Col. Andrew Bernard, U.S. Air Force, is deputy director and U.S. senior national representative at NATO’s Centre of Excellence Defence Against Terrorism in Ankara, Turkey. He previously served as the commander of the 561st Joint Tactics Squadron and as an instructor at the USAF Weapons School. Col. Bernard is an F-15E Weapons Systems Officer with more than 2,100 F-15E hours, including 397 combat hours. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Miami University and master’s from the Naval Postgraduate School and Belgium’s École Royale Militaire.

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