The 'Global ' Homeland: International Perspectives on Counterterrorism and Homeland Security

  • May 15, 2004
  • Prof Bert B Tussing

Given the immediacy of the terrorist threat, it is easy to become focused on terrorism only in regard to the United States. However, other nations, international organizations, and transnational law enforcement agencies such as Europol and Interpol are deeply committed to the counterterror effort. Seeing the Global War on Terror from their points of view provides both greater insight and greater opportunities for success. Such international perspectives on domestic security and counterterrorism were discussed at a Homeland Security Conference in London in February 2004. Presentations by experts from six different countries, the European Union, and NATO examined preparations against the new domestic threat from a range of perspectives that included the private sector; local and national governments; and international organizations.