The ELN Director Sir Adam Thomson, Chair of the ELN Lord Des Browne and the ELN Policy Fellow Ben Challis authored ‘Terrorism and Security Impact Bonds’ chapter in “Global Terrorism Index” report by the Sydney-based think tank the Institute for Economics and Peace. The report and the chapter were featured in Professional Security article, which can be found here.
The report described a surge in far-right political terrorism in the last five years as a more worrying trend, though the absolute number of far-right attacks remains low. The Institute suggests that nations need to address terrorist recruitment methods and motivation of recruits, by promoting social and economic inclusion. The report covers regions and countries, trends in Islamist and extreme right terror, and features a ‘Terrorism and Security Impact Bonds’ idea, by Lord Browne of Ladyton; and Sir Adam Thomson, and Ben Challis, of the European Leadership Network (ELN). It suggests that by such bonds ‘private sector investors can enable projects in areas where government is either unable or unwilling to take responsibility for initiating and driving projects to address specific security risks’. The ELN is trialling projects to provide proof of concept.