Confronting TerrorismWe owe it to the thousands of victims of terrorism to find better ways to op terrorists from threatening our democratic way of life. For this reason, we will explore the most effective use of the police, the military, the intelligence services and other national and international agencies to prevent and fight terrorism.
June 8, 2005
The Club de Madrid is happy to announce the publication of The Madrid Summit Working Paper Series.
In the months leading up to the Madrid Summit, more than two hundred of the world’s leading scholars and expert practitioners explored the issues of democracy, terrorism and security in an unparalleled process of scholarly debate. There discussions were conducted through a system of password-protected web-logs, and concluded on the first day of the summit.
Each working group issued a final paper of recommendations on which the contributions of The Madrid Summit Working Paper Series are based.
The Madrid Summit Working Paper Series consists of three volumes:
- Volume I – The Causes of Terrorism> – includes contributions on the psychological roots of terrorism, political explanations, economic factors, religion, and culture. [PDF file, 728 KB]
- Volume II – Confronting Terrorism – deals with policing, intelligence, military responses, terrorist finance, and science and technology. [PDF file, 728 KB]
- Volume III – Towards a Democratic Response – addresses the role of international institutions, legal responses, democracy promotion, human rights and civil society. [PDF file, 748 KB]
March 10, 2005The first part of the Summit closed with a plenary in which the conclusions from each of the working groups were presented by their coordinators. They took on the responsibility of analyzing the terrorist phenomenon from all its possible aspects, with the aim of offering the widest possible explanation. Actually, there were also many common points of view making it possible to come close to a consensus on a concrete definition of terrorism. The Secretary General of the Club of Madrid, Kim Campbell emphasized the fact that this work had been done by 200 experts from all over the world.
Full information, complete audio, transcription and photos: Plenary: Preliminary Conclusions of the Working Groups
February 22, 2005
Australia's government's current approach to counter-terrorism in Southeast Asia does not the address the root causes of terrorism –the complex interplay of economic, political and cultural elements– but aims at simplistic solutions based on the use of hard power that often lead to conflating Islamic terrorist networks with legitimate opposition groups.
by David Wright-Neville
January 27, 2005
International peace and security have seldom felt so far away. Decision makers, like the persons in the street, feel equally at risk from random acts of violence. Multinational organizations seem to plunge inwards to explore the sanctum sanctorum of their beliefs, strengths, responsibility and mission, surfacing, every now and then, to take a deep breath and check the horizon for clues on what to do next. Political leaders are nervous; and nervous riders make for nervous horses. If we are not all living on the edge, the perception, at least, is that we are.
by Virginia Gamba
During the Cold War, security was essentially defined in military terms, as the avoidance of a direct military danger.
When the Cold War ended, it was genererally thought that a new international era was about to begin. Liberated from the overarching emphasis on military security,international diplomacy turned its efforst and attention to those challenges that were of importance to everybody’s daily life.
by Prof. Dr. W. Bruggeman
January 11, 2005
We owe it to the thousands of victims of terrorism to find better ways to op terrorists from threatening our democratic way of life. For this reason, we will explore the most effective use of the police, the military, the intelligence services and other national and international agencies to prevent and fight terrorism.