Subject: History
Language: English (U.S.)
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Create a table—using Microsoft® Excel®, Word, or PowerPoint®—in which you compare the political, economic, and religious influences of three countries. Ensure that the countries you select represent at least two of the following regions: · Middle East · Asia · Europe Answer the following questions in your matrix: · What are the systems of government in the countries you chose? · Do the systems of government help or hinder terrorist activities? Explain why or why not. · What are the economic systems in andwho are the trading partners of the countries you chose? · Do the economic systems help or hinder terrorist activities? Explain why or why not. · What are the major religions practiced in the countries you chose? · Are religious conflicts suspected to influence terrorist activities in the countries you chose? Explain why or why not.

Political, Economic, and Religious Influences





Systems of Government

Parliamentary Democratic Monarchy


Representative Democracy

Does government help or hinder terrorism

Government hinders terrorism through the Swedish Security Service

Government hinders terrorism through its collaboration with Britain’s M16

Government hinders terrorism through its Security Offences Act of 2012


Economic Systems

Export oriented mixed economy

Market oriented economic system

Mixed economic system

Do economic systems hinder or help terrorism

Economic system hinders terrorism through the provision of more resources to the Swedish Security Services to fight off terrorism. Another economic effort is the Swedish counter-terrorism strategy of 2014

Economic system hinders terrorism through the Prevention and Suppression of Money Laundering Activities Law, 2007-2014. The CBC is the sole authority on issuing legislation regarding financial transactions in the country (CBC, n.d).

Economic system hinders terrorism through the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Financing of Terrorism and as an official observer of the Financial Action Task Force (US Embassy, 2015)


Major Religions

-Lutheran Christianity-majority

-Islam: 5%

-Christianity- practiced by Greek Cypriot-78%

-Sunni Islam-practiced by Turkish Cypriots

-Islam- 61.3%




-Traditional Chinese reigions-1.3%

Are religious conflicts contributing to terrorism?

Religious tolerance is high although there are concerns that Islamic religious conflict has arrived in Sweden (Sennels, 2014)

Religious conflict between the Greek and Turkish Cypriots has caused a lot of friction. It is believed that the Turkish Cypriots are providing honorary citizenship to Palestinian terrorists (Ehrenfeld, 2013)

Religious conflict is increasing terrorist activities in the country (Aziz, 2015).

From the above table it is clear that the three countries are doing their best in combating terrorism within their borders. The three countries have put in place laws and security agencies to deal with this global scare. Their economic systems are robust and their frameworks are aimed at the prevention of proliferation of funding for terrorist activities. However, terrorism in these countries is being fuelled by religious conflicts. All the countries in the matrix have diverse religions within their borders. The conflict between Christians and Muslims within the borders has made these countries rich breeding grounds for religious terrorism.  


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Central Bank of Cyprus (n.d.). Licensing and Supervision: Prevention and suppression of money laundering activities and financing terrorism.

Ehrenfeld, R. (2013, March 20). Cyprus, Terrorism, and Drugs. American Center for Democracy. Retrieved on 7/2/2016 from

Sennels, N. (2014, Aug 1). Islamic religious conflict arrives in Sweden. Jihad Watch. Retrieved on 7/2/2016 from