Contrary to Russia, the United States have a very favourable geopolitical position: The US are not confronted with the same restraints as Russia is, and have much more ‘manoeuvring space’. The US can operate on the exterior lines. The United States occupy the same geopolitical position as Great Britain occupied in the European System, during the period 1495-1939.
This figure is a schematic depiction of the geopolitical configuration of the current (global) System (2017). Only the current Great Powers are shown.
Prevention and effective engagement of terrorist organisations require a thorough understanding of above characteristics, underlying ideologies and frustrations, etc. Combat engagement tends to fuel radical ideologies and frustrations, and are often counter-productive. The notion ‘fight against terror(ism)’ does not make sense: Terrorism is a method of fighting.
Types of terrorist attacks – how terrorists fight and organise – evolve. This process must be better understood, to improve prevention and engagement.
Why blow yourself up? As I argue in this article, their is – at least for some – an evident logic to do just that.
Homeostatis is the property of an international order of the anarchistic System that ensures that the tensions in the System remain within a certain range through active regulation.