Dean Alexander is professor/director of the Homeland Security Research Program at Western Illinois University. He co-authored "The Islamic State: Combating the Caliphate Without Borders" (Lexington Books, 2015).
The new Donald Trump administration will attempt to manage many challenges, but cannot eliminate them. After all, these forms of political violence have existed since time immemorial and will continue for generations.
Last week’s vote supporting the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union (Brexit) is expected to have many transcending effects for Europe and beyond, such as weakening the European Union and other multi-national political, economic, and security institutions.
Omar Mateen, who perpetrated Sunday’s attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, killing more than 50 persons, and injuring dozens others, pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) during a 911 call he made during the incident.
The March multiple terror attacks in Brussels that resulted in more than 30 people killed and more than 250 injured raises again the specter of terrorism globally. While since 9/11 fewer than 50 people have been in killed in the United States due to jihadist-inspired terrorism, that paltry number fails to illustrate that the jihadi threat here is significant as hundreds – if not thousands – of persons would have succumbed to otherwise stymied plots.
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