Other international cooperative efforts are worth noting. For instance, in 2004, Germany signed a bilateral Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with the United States related to criminal cases. Additionally, Germany signed the 12 existing U.N. counterterrorism conventions and protocols and became a strong supporter of combating terrorism through other intergovernmental bodies, including NATO and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
Against the foregoing background, coupled with growing realization that the terrorist threat still exists, it can be anticipated that Germany will assume a leading role in the international battle against extremism, radicalization and violence at the political, legal, intelligence, law enforcement and educational levels.
Yonah Alexander is professor and director, the International Center for Terrorism Studies (at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Arlington, Va.). Research background was provided by Tobias Senzig and Judith Koehler at Germany’s University of Trier.
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