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August 30, 2010 How to Fight Terrorism Effectively

Global Economic Symposium Session Preview No. 5


Globalization has produced winners and losers all over the world. Social economic inequality exists not only between countries but also within countries. This is one of the reasons for the political and/or religious radicalization taking place. The most extreme form of this radicalization is the emergence of international terrorist organizations that have become one of the greatest threats to international security. Experience has shown that terrorism can only be fought effectively on the psychological front, by depriving terrorists of sympathy in the population.

What anti-terrorism strategies are the most promising? How can companies, NGOs, and the media be integrated into long-term anti-terrorism strategies? How can companies and NGOs that operate in countries like Afghanistan or Iraq manage to win over the people there? What can companies do to prevent people from being radicalized? These are the kinds of questions that the Global Economic Symposium, which is being held by the Kiel Institute for World Economics (IfW) and the German National Library of Economics (ZBW) in Istanbul in late September, will attempt to answer.

Possible answers are already beginning to take shape on the web forum of the session “The Psychology of Terrorism” of the Global Economic Symposium, where experts can already discuss the topics to be dealt with at the symposium. The most important means of fighting such terrorists as the Taliban is to promote social integration and equal opportunity. The only way to deprive terrorists of sympathy among the population is to pursue an anti-terrorism strategy that is tailored to providing people with new perspectives.

The Kiel Institute and the German National Library of Economics would like to invite you to attend the symposium.

About the Global Economic Symposium

Istanbul will be turned in a think tank on September 28-29. More than 400 high-ranking experts from business, academia, government, and society will meet in Istanbul for the Global Economic Symposium (GES). The GES, which is being held by the Kiel Institute for World Economics (IfW) and the German National Library of Economics (ZBW), is being held for the third time, and for the first time outside of Germany. Among the expected participants are Shumeet Banerji (CEO, Booz & Company), Hans-Paul Bürkner (President und CEO of the Boston Consulting Group), Abdullah Gül (President, Republic of Turkey), Ali Babacan (Turkish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State), Ömer Dinçer (Turkish Minister of Labor and Social Security), Yves Leterme (Prime Minister, Belgium), George Papaconstantinou (Greek Minister of Finance), Mehmet Şimşek (Turkish Minister of Finance), James P. Leape (WWF Director General), Thomas Mirow (President, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development), John M. Deutch (Professor of Chemistry, MIT; Former Director of CIA), and the Nobel Laureates in Economics James J. Heckman (University of Chicago), Eric S. Maskin (School of Social Science, Princeton), and Edmund Phelps (Columbia University).

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