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Lone wolves and cyber terrorism : conceptualizing security in the era of permanent uncertainty

By Grzegorz Pożarlik


In this analysis I seek to examine a paradigm shift in contemporary international security studies. To understand and explain recently observed escalation of international security threats stemming from an interplay between rise of religious and/or ideological extremism taking form of transnational terrorist networks and eruption of cyber terrorism it requires a major paradigm shift in conceptualization of security in terms of inner-state rather than inter-state security complex. Unlike the Cold War security dilemma based on bipolar balance of fear founded on nuclear arms race between two opposing blocks of states we have been recently confronted with state-society conflict in the myriad of its symptoms. Consequently, an emphasis on societal dimensions of international security complex is indispensable. Thus, we can observe an ever growing interest both in scholarly debate as well as in policy-making in transcending state-centered, neo-realist security paradigm. In what follows I will outline a contemporary debate on a sociological turn in contemporary security studies as set against an empirical case studies analysis of lone wolf and cyber terrorism

Topics: international security, one wolf terrorism, cyber terrorism, securitization of international relations
Year: 2015
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