The Volgograd bombings have shown that even without a claim of responsibility that links them to the Games, terrorist attacks elsewhere in Russia can have almost as great an impact on World opinion as an attack on Sochi itself.
In the aftermath of the Kampala bombings, contentious questions are being raised regarding the influence of extremist groups in the region. With Uganda calling for a consolidated military presence in the country, is Somalia becoming the new Afghanistan?
The announcement of an upcoming review of key counter-terrorism and security legislation has received many positive reactions. However, while the threat of terrorism still remains, is a reduction in police powers really a move in the right direction?
It is important that the public do not allow the events of 7/7, or any terrorist activity, to fundamentally re-shape the way they go about their everyday lives, but it is important that we acknowledge that the events of 7/7 can still be causing psychological distress to those who were most significantly affected by it as well as the general public.
Since the end of the Cold War it has become much easier to tackle security issues by positive action. Western actors can go out to stop fights or even start them with no risk of escalation into world war, and relatively little exposure to classic tit-for-tat retaliation.