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Trends in Terrorism: What's on the Horizon in 2023? | Citizen Support

By Colin P. Clarke: Non-resident Senior Fellow in the National Security Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute

Key takeaways from this article

  • The most defining feature of international terrorism in 2023 will be its diversity, reflected by the broad array of ideologies and grievances motivating plots and attacks.

  • The challenge of dealing with “everyday extremists” remains, as lone actors influenced by accelerationism and other forms of violent extremism radicalize online and seek to conduct real-world acts of politically and ideologically motivated violence.

  • The threat landscape may now appear far more inchoate, which makes it difficult to combat, but it may also be less potent as a result. For terrorism and counterterrorism analysts, 2023 will be among the most unpredictable years in recent memory.



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