Vol. I / No. 10 | October 2020

Ali Abdullah Wibisono (Lecturer, Department of International Relations, Universitas Indonesia)
Chaula Rininta Anindya (Independent Researcher on Counterterrorism)
Aisha Rasyidila Kusumasomantri (Lecturer, Department of International Relations, Universitas Indonesia and Independent Researcher on Terrorism issues.)


To what extent is human security relevant for terrorism and counterterrorism? Human security is rarely utilized as an operationalizing concept in terrorism studies, yet its basic tenets on individual security is relevant in understanding terrorism and counterterrorism approaches. This article argues that human security is useful to assess the government’s responses to terrorism due to the fact that terrorist networks have exploited individuals’ vulnerabilities to lure them to the network. The use of force alone is inadequate to neutralize the threats, human security will fill the missing pieces in counterterrorism to create a holistic approach.

Keywords: Human Security, Terrorism, Counterterrorism