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Vol. 2 No.1: June, 2014

International Terrorism and the Middle East: An Expository Approach

  • Jide Ibietan, PhD
  • Felix Chidozie, PhD
  • Ese Ujara
February 29, 2016


This paper interrogates the role of the Middle East in international terrorism
and the spillovers of this on global security. The narrative traces the roots of terrorism
to the Middle East, noting the volatility of the issue and susceptibility of some countries
within that region to terrorism, zeroing-in on Iran as misconstruing this vice for foreign
policy instrument. Essentially, the paper relied on secondary data, statistical tools
backed by the analytical approach, leading to the inference that the terrorist network
and activities have wider international ramifications and reverberating effects on
developing countries, including Nigeria. The adoption of more proactive measures and
pragmatic security-building strategies by the United Nations towards a deceleration in
international terrorism were canvassed.