Solving the counter-terrorist puzzle after the El Masri verdict and Smilkovci terrorist attack: legal and strategic considerations for the South East European intelligence community

Hadji-Janev, Metodi (2014) Solving the counter-terrorist puzzle after the El Masri verdict and Smilkovci terrorist attack: legal and strategic considerations for the South East European intelligence community. In: Intelligence and Combating Terrorism: New Paradigm and Future Challenges. Center for Civil Military Relations Monterey, USA, Ljubljana, pp. 207-221. ISBN 978-961-92860-8-1

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Abstract

Both anecdotal and empirical evidences confirm that the complex political, ethnic and religious dynamics in the region of South East Europe (SEE) create the perfect environment for radical groups and individuals affiliated with Al Qaeda and its goals. Supported by their strategic western partners and allies SEE countries have seriously considered threats from modern terrorism. Hence, active involvement in the global counter-terrorist efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq and intelligence cooperation with the coalition partners outside of these theaters clearly speak of the SEE governments' readiness to oppose global terrorists' objectives. However, recent practice shows that different human rights legal tradition and inappropriate political narrative among the coalition partners could pose serious strategic challenges to counter-terrorist intelligence cooperation. Therefore, if not approached appropriately these challenges hold potentials to harm the overall counter-terrorist efforts and turn SEE into a safe-haven for recruitment and radicalization. In this context the article first provide evidence to prove that the radical Islam is a serious threat to the region of SEE. Then, through analyses of two case-studies related to Macedonia (the European Court for Human Rights' verdict: "El Masri vs. Macedonia" and "Smilkovci Terrorist attack") examines how legal and strategic (political) considerations challenge intelligence cooperation and affect counterterrorist efforts in SEE. Finally, based on the analyses of the first thesis and the above mentioned cases the article provides some recommendation for the intelligence community in the region of SEE.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Social Sciences > Law
Social Sciences > Political Science
Divisions: Faculty of Law
Depositing User: Metodi Hadzi-Janev
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2014 12:25
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2014 12:25
URI: http://eprints.ugd.edu.mk/id/eprint/9391

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