Resilient Cities

The threat of terrorism in the world of 2017

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Jorge Dezcallar, Ambassador of Spain

The terrorist threat is evolving in a world in rapid evolution from a multilateral to a multipolar system, while the geopolitical system born after WWII and based on the so-called Washington consensus is coming to an end. We now confront two major terrorist threats in the form of Islamist terrorism and cyberterrorism, which demand new combat methods and techniques on our part in a permanent cat-and-mouse game in which security forces and Intelligence agencies, on the one hand, and terrorists, on the other, are constantly learning from each other. In open societies where total security simply does not exist, it is important to respond with a cool head and avoiding over-reactions that might endanger our civil liberties and freedoms.