While not often considered a hub in global terrorist networks, South Africa has seen a steady and growing pattern of domestic and al-Qaeda-linked terrorist activity over the past decade. Coinciding with the creeping expansion of terrorist threats in other parts of the continent, this Security Brief examines lessons learned from South Africa’s experience and their potential relevance to other African countries and their security sectors.”
Author Hussein Solomon’s main points are: (1) South Africa has come to occupy a central node in global terror networks in recent years. (2) Despite growing evidence of the risks posed, South Africa has been slow to adopt and implement a more robust counterterrorism policy. (3) Creating the political will to address this threat will require independent oversight of national intelligence efforts and an objective assessment of the terrorism risk in order to make counterterrorism a national priority.
Copies of the security brief may be downloaded at http://africacenter.org/2011/01/sb09/. French and Portuguese translations of this article will be posted on the website in the near future.
Hussein Solomon is Senior Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of the Free State, South Africa and Visiting Professor at the Global Collaboration Centre at Osaka University, Japan.