The Oxford Research Group in London found that the US-led "war on terror" is increasing the risk of terrorist attacks and distracting governments from greater threats to global security, such as climate change.
The US and British governments insist there is no alternative, but "there is abundant evidence that the 'war on terror' is proving deeply counterproductive -- making the risk of future terrorist attacks on the scale of New York, Madrid or London more not less likely," it said.
"The war on terror is a dangerous diversion and prevents the international community from responding effectively to the most likely causes of future conflict," a press statement about the report said.
It suggested a different strategy focused on addressing the fundamental issues that create instability:
-- Renewable energy and conservation to counter climate change;
-- energy efficiency to combat resource competition;
-- poverty reduction programs to defeat marginalization; and
-- halting development of weapons of mass destruction to stop global militarization.