Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Shift in Terror Strategy?

The RAND Corporation suggested shifting from a "War on Terror" to "Counter-Terrorism". They studied 648 militant groups which existed between 1968 and 2006 and, based on their findings, the report concluded that only 7% were defeated militarily.

Political settlements helped neutralise 43% groups and an effective use of police and intelligence information helped to disrupt, capture or kill 40% of leaders of such groups, the study says.

It recommended a shift to intelligence and policing, and less focus on force. That doesn't sound like a particularly new idea.