Atlantic Voices | Unconventional Security Threats

Rebel forces are targeting water installations to cut off supplies to the largely Shia south of Iraq

Atlantic Voices, Volume 5, Issue 12 – December 2015

The concept of ‘unconventional security threats’ has become more and more relevant when trying to describe the menaces our current world order is confronted to. Broadly defined as “threats to national well-being which has no direct military component, no adequate military response, and few functional organizations designed to deal with these threats.” Today, traditional  threats and warfare have ceded way to hybrid methods which require new capacities.  In the upcoming years, we can expect unconventional threats to be the cause of more and more international friction, as already visible in some parts of the world.

Because of the wide array of threats which can be labelled as unconventional, anything could potentially fall under this category. We can cite financial security, terrorism, climate change and migration as examples. In this issue, migration, and more specifically the migration waves coming from Syria and other Middle Eastern countries, and water security will be discussed.


  • Real Threat of Mass Migration to NATO’s European Members

Mr. Lorenzo Nannetti analyzes how mass migration provides terrorist organizations with new financial, operational and logistical support, thus increasing the instability of the region migrants transit through.

  • Water Insecurity: Creating Instability, Conflicts and Terrorism

Ms. Casey Simmons & Ms. Flora Pidoux focus on the implications of water insecurity and how mismanagement and careless exploitation has led to dramatic situations in several parts of the world.


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