Combatting Homegrown Terrorism: Lessons From the UK

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Police cruisers stand by at sunrise at the scene where a crude car bomb had been parked at 45th Street and 7th Avenue in Times Square May 2, 2010 in New York, New York. (Chris Hondros/Getty)

The attempted bombing of Times Square by a naturalized U.S. citizen of Pakistani origin got the attention of the world, but has uncomfortable echoes for Britain in particular. The London underground bombings in July 2005 were committed by UK citizens of Pakistani descent and the UK has been dealing with many attempted acts of “home-grown terrorism” since then.

So what has the British response been to the Times Square attacks and what can we learn from looking at how the UK deals with “home-grown terrorism”? Professor Anatol Lieven is based in the War Studies Department at King's College London, he's also writing a book on Pakistan and weighs in on the issue.


Professor Anatol Lieven

Produced by:

Kate McGough

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