Recent Trends and Future Prospects of Terrorism in the United States

by Bruce Hoffman

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This report examines recent trends and future prospects of terrorism in the United States and assesses their implications for the possibility of a terrorist group attempting an act of nuclear terrorism involving either the theft of a weapons system or strategic nuclear material, or an attack on a weapons facility. The findings suggest that, while the volume of annual terrorist incidents in the United States is fairly small, there are emerging trends of ideologically motivated terrorism by groups espousing white supremacist and anti-federalist beliefs or opposing specific policies such as abortion. These trends warrant continued close attention.

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