“Tuesday’s violence in Brussels – all too familiar to those in Paris, Jakarta, and other places that have recently felt the sting of jihadist attacks by ISIS, Al Qaeda, and their affiliates and splinter groups – is prompting serious and important thinking about the security of global cities.
But global cities are not just targets – they are sites of radicalization and recruitment. Many recent attacks have not been carried out by terrorists from the other side of the world, but by homegrown jihadists from the other side of the tracks.
An effective response to terror must address both dimensions of this relationship between religious violence and global cities. If global cities are a target, robust security efforts are an essential response. At the same time, if global cities are sites of terrorist recruitment, they must make an effort to address radicalization at the root….”