Watch this video for an expert view on defence and international security from the director of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) – fast forward to 5mins 6 seconds for his views on international terrorism.
“2011 saw the effective dismantling of Al-Qaeda as a core organisation. In Pakistan the death of Bin Laden was pretty important, Zawahiri the leader of Al Qaeda has now been pretty quiet and Aw-Laki was killed in Yemen so all of that is good from a counter terrorism point of view but 2012 will be different,” said RUSI Director General Professor Michael Clarke.
“We have the Olympics. There is a new wave building out there and although we don’t know how big that wave will be, when it hits us it will take a different form. There are a lot more have-a-go individuals, self-radicalised people and I think we will see in the trials that are coming up in 2012, a lot of evidence of that evolution of the nature of the terrorist threat.