University campuses as terrorist targets


While in the UK the Home Secretary would like university staff to police students as a solution to the spread of radical/dangerous/extreme ideas (as if it was easy and clear cut to draw lines between them, but this is not the point here), in Kenya university students are made targets by Al Shabaab. Of course, these are very different situations, but I see a risk in turning university campuses in (ideological) battlegrounds and offloading policing duties on university staff, as it could end up transforming them in ‘legitimate’ terrorist targets, targets very hard to protect without a full militarisation, which one would hope no one wants.

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