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Symposium 2008

Dealing with Terrorism

The Challenge

Over the past years there has been a dramatic increase in terrorism all over the world. At the same time, many governments are at a loss on how to combat terrorism. Despite massive counter-terrorist activities, terrorist attacks in weak states such as Afghanistan and Iraq have continued and the threat of attacks in developed countries remains strong.

Terrorism is often alleged to originate from religious and national grievances as well poverty and envy. But many poor people breed no terrorists and many terrorists are not poor. Moreover, many groups with grievances do not resort to terrorist activities. What then are the primary sources of terrorism and what can governments do to combat it? Should terrorism be fought aggressively at its sources or defensively? When are foreign aid, political compromise and military force likely to be appropriate? What role can businesses play in alleviating this threat? When should security be a public initiative and when a private business?

    Solutions

    Solution
    Symposium 2008

    In dealing with terrorism, place emphasis on the state´s capacity to protect the public, permit the exercise of its freedoms, and maintain public services.

    In dealing with terrorism, place emphasis on the state´s capacity to protect the public, permit the exercise of its freedoms, and maintain public services.

    In dealing with terrorism, place emphasis on the state´s capacity to protect the public, permit the exercise of its freedoms, and maintain public services.

    Polity
    Solution
    Symposium 2008

    If the government succeeds in protecting the public and maintaining public services, then publicize the impact of terrorist violence on innocent civilians, in order to weaken the legitimacy of terrorist ...

    If the government succeeds in protecting the public and maintaining public services, then publicize the impact of terrorist violence on innocent civilians, in order to weaken the legitimacy of terrori ...

    If the government succeeds in protecting the public and maintaining public services, then publicize the impact of terrorist violence on innocent civilians, in order to weaken the legitimacy of terrorist groups. At the same time, avoid overreaction.

    Polity, Civil Society
    Solution
    Symposium 2008

    Avoid policies and pronouncements that feed grievance. In pluralistic societies, pursue policies that integrate immigrants, rather than just providing passive welfare support.

    Avoid policies and pronouncements that feed grievance. In pluralistic societies, pursue policies that integrate immigrants, rather than just providing passive welfare support.

    Avoid policies and pronouncements that feed grievance. In pluralistic societies, pursue policies that integrate immigrants, rather than just providing passive welfare support.

    Polity, Civil Society
    Solution
    Symposium 2008

    Initiate a regional security regime for all the states of the Gulf and the Levant, aimed at mutual diplomatic recognition, gradual withdrawal of foreign forces, and nuclear nonproliferation.

    Initiate a regional security regime for all the states of the Gulf and the Levant, aimed at mutual diplomatic recognition, gradual withdrawal of foreign forces, and nuclear nonproliferation.

    Initiate a regional security regime for all the states of the Gulf and the Levant, aimed at mutual diplomatic recognition, gradual withdrawal of foreign forces, and nuclear nonproliferation.

    Polity, Business, Civil Society
    Solution
    Symposium 2008

    Govern through inclusive, legitimized political institutions, avoiding instrumental justification of violence.

    Govern through inclusive, legitimized political institutions, avoiding instrumental justification of violence.

    Govern through inclusive, legitimized political institutions, avoiding instrumental justification of violence.

    Polity
    Solution
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    Initiate a comprehensive international initiative to prevent weapons of mass destruction falling into terrorist hands.

    Initiate a comprehensive international initiative to prevent weapons of mass destruction falling into terrorist hands.

    Initiate a comprehensive international initiative to prevent weapons of mass destruction falling into terrorist hands.

    Polity, Civil Society
    Solution
    Symposium 2008

    Strengthen our ability to manage the financial risks of terrorism through a combination of public and private instruments: terrorism catastrophe bonds, mutual insurance pools, and government insurance support.

    Strengthen our ability to manage the financial risks of terrorism through a combination of public and private instruments: terrorism catastrophe bonds, mutual insurance pools, and government insurance ...

    Strengthen our ability to manage the financial risks of terrorism through a combination of public and private instruments: terrorism catastrophe bonds, mutual insurance pools, and government insurance support.

    Polity, Business, Civil Society

    Proposals

    Proposal
    Symposium 2008

    GES Summary - Dealing with Terrorism Panel

    It is unclear whether we will ever know what is at the root of terrorism. There are many factors—political, social, cultural as well as psychological—involved in whether individuals or groups adop ...

    It is unclear whether we will ever know what is at the root of terrorism. There are many factors—political, social, cultural as well as psychological—involved in whether individuals or groups adopt terrorism as a tactic in pursuing their goals. It would probably be impossible to reduce the threat entirely and we may have to learn to live with that fact—however hard that is. Nevertheless, drawing from the large number of studies, several actions stand out as medium to long term strategies which governments and societies can adopt to stem current levels and lessen the chance of future occurrences on

    Polity, Civil Society
    Proposal
    Symposium 2008

    Responding to the challenge of global terrorism?

    In the aftermath of September 11, 2001 President Bush declared war on terrorism and sought to marshal a coalition in a “war against terror”. It was clear at the time that describing the campaign a ...

    In the aftermath of September 11, 2001 President Bush declared war on terrorism and sought to marshal a coalition in a “war against terror”. It was clear at the time that describing the campaign as a ‘war’ was ill-conceived. The task was too complex, the ‘enemy’ too diffuse and the time horizon too long to sustain co-ordinated commitment. Most importantly, the common values that would sustain a long struggle were not in place. Lamenting the failure to achieve the desired result, Robert Leiken wrote in 2005: ‘With a few exceptions, European authorities shrink from the relatively stout security measures adopted

    Polity, Business, Civil Society
    Proposal
    Symposium 2008

    Dealing with Terrorism

    As terrorism is a tactic employed by many different groups in may parts of the world in pursuit of many different objectives, it is a little misleading to think in terms of solutions per se. Terrorism ...

    As terrorism is a tactic employed by many different groups in may parts of the world in pursuit of many different objectives, it is a little misleading to think in terms of solutions per se. Terrorism, like other tactics, will continue to be employed as long as it succeeds in achieving the ends of those who deploy it. The solution then is to render the tactic ineffective. This prompts the question, what is it that terrorists are trying to achieve? The most cursory look at the history of the tactic suggests that terrorists have been singularly unsuccessful in achieving

    Polity, Civil Society
    Proposal
    Symposium 2008

    Dealing with Terrorism

    The various manifestations of terrorism are as diverse as its causes. Some terror movements are rooted in nationalistic attempts to gain independence, while others are founded in religious fundamental ...

    The various manifestations of terrorism are as diverse as its causes. Some terror movements are rooted in nationalistic attempts to gain independence, while others are founded in religious fundamentalism. Still others see their goal in fighting political and/or economic elitists or supposed imperialists. However, one common denominator is evident: virtually all members of terrorist groups see themselves as unjustly treated outsiders of society. Coupled with a strong sense of personal pride, they refuse to seek reintegration into the society in which they live. This attitude is promoted within a terrorist group, which develops its own code of social conduct

    Polity, Business, Civil Society