Dr. Antonio Giustozzi (RUSI) speaking during EFSAS Side-event at the 40th Session of UNHRC
Dr. Antonio Giustozzi, an independent researcher, Visiting Professor at King's College London, Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), and Associate Researcher at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies, further analysed the ongoing growing terrorism in Afghanistan and Pakistan and the threat to security in South Asia. He provided a theoretical framework to the genesis of State-sponsored terrorism, arguing that internal conflicts are an important drive for terrorists, since in some countries clashes between various social factions and communities could provide fuel, which is used to ignite a spark of initiative for terrorists to penetrate. He highlighted how rival States try to exercise pressure on each other by sponsoring acts of terror, which can be observed both in Afghanistan and Pakistan with the purpose of destabilizing neighbouring States. He added that when jihadi organisations attempt to turn countries into battlefields for their personal and the State’s geostrategic objectives they need to corrupt local causes and jeopardize politics in order to build local constituencies, as the example of Jammu & Kashmir proves.
Dr. Antonio Giustozzi (RUSI) speaking during EFSAS Side-event at the 40th Session of the UNHRC