Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 10/2014

The "Home Game" Counting Violent Extremism within NATO

Jacqueline Page

September 2014

NATO Defense College


As the complex global security environment faced by NATO members continues to evolve in the coming years, terrorism-waged by actors both in and outside of their borders-will remain a vexing challenge. For over a decade, NATO's counterterrorism strategy has been built on taking the fight abroad. Member nations have been intimately involved in this effort as contributors to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, to the Multi-National Force in Iraq and in a variety of smaller missions around the globe. In recent times, however, there has been growing attention to the threat posed by "homegrown" terrorism and foreign fighters returning from Syria and elsewhere to their home countries throughout the Euro-Atlantic area.