This paper explores the impact of current economic, social, technological and political trends shaping the future of terrorism. The world of tomorrow will be derived from our world today. To be able to understand future dynamics of terrorism, we need to analyse past patterns, trending elements and visible course of existing political violence. It is clear that today's trends such as demographic patterns, individual empowerment, resource demands, and a changing world order will a play decisive role in tomorrow's conflicts. These trends will interact with emerging dynamics of today's terrorism such as radicalisation, lone-wolf terrorism, suicide terrorism, use of weapons of mass destruction, and terrorist use of technology. Although how these elements interact with one another and what they yield remains a mystery, we may still assert that in 20 years two conflicting trends may dominate the arena: self-incited highly capable lone-wolves and complex, inter-connected terrorist networks.
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