School of Humanitarian Studies Prof. Bill Durodie recently contributed to a US Joint Chiefs of Staff and Department of Defence White Paper on counterterrorism policies. Durodie argues that the framing of Islamist terrorism as a political ideology is an analysis trapped in the past. He proposes that particularly in the West want-to-be terrorists are primarily isolated fanatics looking for an identity. We sat down with Durodie to talk about his new paper, War on Terror or a Search for Meaning? one of the contributions to Looking Back, Looking Forward: Perspectives on Terrorism and Responses to It, which can be read in full here.
Read the full Q&A here.