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    New Report Questions Terror Threat

    A new paper published by Belgian political scientists at the University of Ghent concludes, based on a statistical assessment of terrorism in 2005 as compared to prior years, that: "In view of the number of international terrorist incidents and victims, it is difficult to uphold the view that international terrorism represents a existential threat and that counter-terrorism should be viewed as a 'long war.' International terrorism is more of a challenge than a threat." More about the study here.

    Although the paper purports to show an overall decline in international terrorism in 2005 vs. previous years, and that most terrorism is confined to the Middle East and primarily results in Islamic victims, it does not enable an assessment of the effectiveness, if any, of international efforts to combat terrorism.

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