Terrorism After the Pandemic

“Europe has now become the epicentre of the pandemic,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared

back in March. The warning from the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) was stark, but

not all countries in the continent reacted with urgency. Some countries were yet to go into


But an unlikely voice concurred with Ghebreyesus. The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham’s (ISIS) Al-

Naba newsletter warned supporters not to set foot in the “land of the epidemic.” That might seem

like good news, but there are already plenty of Islamic State—and those animated by a broader

jihadist ideology—already living in the continent. That means that the tempo of plots in Europe has

remained relatively steady, even during the pandemic.


This piece originally appeared at Foreign Policy.