Terrorist Exploitation of Diaspora

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Diaspora networks have existed for thousands of years and have been the object of study by social sciences and developmental studies for nearly as long. Scholars involved in the studies of Diaspora networks agree that people whom form Diaspora networks: immigrants, expatriates, new citizens or trans-nationals - un-skilled or intellectuals, all generate new forms of social relationships among themselves and reciprocal relationships involving their homeland. Diasporas relationships of these kinds can have economic, cultural and political repercussions on the Diaspora itself and on the population of origin. Regardless of the place of origin or the circumstances of a persons departure from their homeland, it is a common value that diasporas' worldwide want to be part of the political debates and process in their former homelands and, where possible, make a difference and contribute to the betterment of the people still living in their country of origin. Today's modern usage of the term more commonly refers to the movement, migration, or scattering of a people away from an established or ancestral homeland or of people settled far from their ancestral homelands; the place where these people live. Using Somalia as an example, it is common for Somali Diaspora living in Australia to respond to the will of some influential elements in their home country, whether such influence is regional ethnicity, clan identity, cultural affiliations, language or religion, they respond to the promotion of long-term conflict resolution and peacekeeping initiatives within regional frameworks, or to motivate, challenge and remind the Somali community of the events taking place back home in Somalia and challenges faced by the community in Australia. ... ... middle of paper ... ...e Australian. August 2009. Retrieved 6 April 2011 < http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/phone-call-sparked-operation-neath/story-e6frg6n6-1225757660454> The Encyclopedia Britannica. Miriam-Webster Dictionary online. Retrieved 5 April 2011 < http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diaspora> Wenger, A & Mauer, V. 'The Radicalization of Diasporas and Terrorism'. ZUR SICHERHEITSPOLITIK. NO 80. Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich. 2009. Retrieved 7 April 2011 < www.css.ethz.ch/publications> Winkler, A. 'The New Terrorist Threat'. Accuracy In Media. November 2010. Retrieved 6 April 2011 < http://www.aim.org/briefing/the-new-terrorist-threat/> Zimmermann, D & Rosenau, W. ' THE RADICALIZATION OF DIASPORAS AND TERRORISM'. Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich. Retrieved 5 April 2011< kms1.isn.ethz.ch/.../ISN/.../ZB-80-The-Radicalization-of-Diasporas.pdf>

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