TONY Blair has called for a shift in the approach to international counter-terrorism, from “security only” towards more emphasis on soft power and prevention initiatives, in a new report from the Tony Blair Institute.
By Abbie Llewelyn
The former Prime Minister will give a speech in Washington DC today to advocate for a re-balancing of counter-extremism efforts.
The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change is launching the “global extremism monitor” which they describe as a “yearly tracker of global Islamist activity”.
The study found that only one percent of the UK’s anti-terrorism budget is spent on “countering the ideology driving Islamist violence”.
In a forward to the report, Mr Blair said: “Islamist extremism is global and growing.
“It didn’t begin with Al-Qaeda, nor will it end with the defeat of ISIS.
“It is a global movement, driven by a guiding transnational religious-political ideology.
“There are now more than 120 groups operating in the world, all actively engaged in this violence, all adhering to the same ideology.”
The extremism monitor found that in 2017 there were 121 groups in the world adhering to an extremist Islamist ideology.