With technological advancements and changing narratives of globalization, terrorism has also undergone considerable transformation. Today, the agents of terror are far more tech-savvy and globally connected, with an aim of achieving their objectives through continuous innovation. They no longer need an umbrella of any organisation as they are capable of carrying out lone wolf attacks. The ideological commitment is stronger and thus the absence of command and control infrastructure is incapable of posing any hindrance.
With recent successes against Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, the area controlled by the Caliphate has virtually disappeared, but its influence has not diminished. Recent developments in South Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa and other parts of the world indicate that the influence of IS and other jihadi outfits is only increasing with time. No longer can terrorism be discarded as law and order issue or a matter of regional security. These terror groups are forging new alliances to threaten international peace and security.
The 21st century has witnessed usage of innovative technology by the terrorist groups to further their objectives. From devastating missiles to new forms of chemical weapons and drone technology to usage of transport vehicles as mediums of spreading terror, the terrorist groups have tried them all. The innovation is not restricted to weapons but can also be seen in their modes of recruitment and influence on general public. As the terrorists are constantly innovating, it is essential for counter terrorism agencies across the world to innovate in order to counter them and be ahead of them. This conference therefore intends to analyse the changing contours of terrorism in the current scenario and evolve strategies to equip the international community with the technical and analytical ability to counter the menace of terrorism.
Date: 14-16 March 2018
Venue: Gurugram, Haryana