Published July 3, 2017 | Version v1
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The EU Ineffective Counterterrorism Strategy

  • 1. Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), Centro de Estudos Internacionais (CEI-IUL) & Military Academy Research Center (CINAMIL)


The European Union security and counter-terrorism strategy adopted after 11 September 2001 has not been effective, instead resulted in the increase of Islamist terrorist incidents.

Europe has been hit by a wave of terrorist attacks, which demonstrates the limits of the Security and Defence Policy. The EU short-term strategy, tending only to hit terrorist organisations, has not produced the expected effects: attacks in Europe, rather than decreasing, have increased. Little or nothing has been done to develop a successful preventive strategy.

After the early 2000s, there is hardly registered Islamic attack within the EU, due to the change in the Al-Qaeda strategy. The recrudescence recorded after 2014 coincides with the rise of ISIS.

The EU shortsighted strategy adopted so far to combat Islamic terrorism has proved ineffective. Attacks within the EU, rather than decreasing, have increased. The high number of terrorist incidents and casualties within the EU demonstrates that terrorism can not be stopped only with criminal provisions, freezing of assets and financial resources, blocking immigration and strengthening of border controls. Only a long-term cultural strategy, adequately funded, can be effective to counter terrorism. 


Poster presented at Encontro Ciência 2017 (National Cience Summit 2017), the Science and Technology Summit in Portugal, held at Lisbon Congress Centre, Lisboa, Portugal, 3-5 July 2017 Seminal research has been presented at the international conference Europe as a Global Actor (EGA) 2016 in Lisbon on 24 May 2016. See: "A Critical Assessment of the European Cultural Approach to Counter Terrorism" (DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.810533)


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