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Ambassador’s Notebook: Why we Should Strengthen International Efforts to Combat Terrorism

13/07/201311:40
Ambassador’s Notebook: Why we Should Strengthen International Efforts to Combat Terrorism
Alexander Yakovenko

This category of new challenges and threats is now firmly established on the international agenda. It has become a factor of global and regional security, and sometimes an instrument of geopolitical influence. They can only be combated effectively by working together, especially since the criminal world has considerable financial and material capabilities.

The rapid expansion of the ideologies of terrorism and violent extremism, which are often spread anonymously in "social networks" under slogans of reform, democracy and mobilizing people to come out onto the streets in protest, is an extremely dangerous trend.

Terrorism, crime, and the drug threat are not new challenges. It is the level of threat they present and their geographic reach that is new. In today’s modern world they are becoming truly global phenomena.

Recent events in various regions around the world show that the terrorist threat has acquired a new dimension. It is adapting to new realities and spreading to previously untouched regions. Terrorism has crossed borders; it is arming fast and developing new sources of funding. Al-Qaeda and the Taliban in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region continue to pose a threat, and their activities are heavily funded by the proceeds of drug trafficking.

After the conflict in Libya, terrorism spread to West and sub-Saharan Africa. Old tribal rivalries, together with the uncontrolled flow of weapons, have contributed to the huge growth of terrorism and the spread of radical ideology.

In June 2012, the United Nations General Assembly reiterated the international community’s commitment to the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, thus strengthening the resolve to support victims of terrorism everywhere and to adopt a comprehensive approach to counter-terrorism based on respect for human rights and the rule of law.

It is important to realize that no counter-terror policy could be effective without addressing the conditions that function as a fertile breeding ground for terrorism.

Fighting crime, and all the new challenges it presents, is strongly integrated into the Russian Federation’s foreign policy as a strategic priority. Work in this important area of international security will continue.

Making a tangible contribution to strengthening collective international efforts to combat international terrorism, drug trafficking, organized crime, as identified by President Vladimir Putin in his decree "On measures for implementation of the foreign policy of the Russian Federation" signed on May, 7 2012, is one of the main goals of Russian foreign policy.

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