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January 11, 2005

Confronting Terrorism

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.

Thematic Subject Area II

Subject area co-ordinator

  • Raymond Kendall (UK-France), General Secretary of INTERPOL for three successive mandates (1985-2000). Before joining INTERPOL in 1971, member of Scotland Yard’s Special Branch. Currently President of the Supervisory Board of the EU’s anti-fraud office. Also, he is member of Working Group VII about intelligence services.

Working Group 6

Global terrorism is local in its consequences, and it is national police forces that shoulder much of the responsibility for dealing with terrorism. This working group is devoted to how police forces can fight terrorism within the rule of law, and how international co-operation can improve their effectiveness.

Working group co-ordinator

  • Jürgen Storbeck (Germany), co-ordinator for law enforcement co-operation with the Gulf States of the German Minister of the Interior, Berlin. Former Director General of the European police agency, EUROPOL, The Hague. Distinguished career in the German Federal Criminal Police Office.


Working Group 7

In the struggle against terrorism, good intelligence is key. At the same time, many intelligence agencies have found it difficult to adapt to the challenge. This working group deals with the reform of the intelligence services, and how international co-operation could improve their effectiveness.

Working group co-ordinator

  • Brian Jenkins (USA), senior analyst to the president of RAND Corporation. Former Green Beret captain in Vietnam. One of the world’s leading authorities on terrorism and sophisticated crime. Appointed to the White House Commission on Aviation Safety. Author of numerous publications.


Military Responses
Working Group 8

Terrorists do not function as conventional armies. They rarely wear uniforms and hold territory. Any potential role for the military in responding to the rise of global terrorism, therefore, requires continuously evolving approaches as part of a comprehensive strategy. This working group focuses on the role and the limitations of military force in confronting terrorism.

Working group co-ordinator

  • Lawrence Freedman (UK), professor of war studies at King’s College, London. Prominent strategist and expert on contemporary security issues. Authored and edited numerous books, including Superterrorism (Blackwell 2002).


Terrorist Finance
Working Group 9

No terrorist organisation can operate without financial resources. This working group debates the most important measures that need to be taken by governments and the financial community in order to make it more difficult for terrorist organisations to fund their activities.

Working group co-ordinator

  • Loretta Napoleoni (Italy-UK), former chief economist of a UK based Russian bank and adviser to the National Bank of Hungary. Initially researched funding of Italian terror groups, and has since focused on Islamist terrorists. Author of Terror Inc.: Tracing the Money Behind Global Terrorism (Penguin 2004)


Legal responses
Working Group 10

The rise of international terrorism calls for new legal frameworks and increased co-operation at the inter-state level. What new laws are required to cope with the terrorist threat? How can international agreements be made more responsive to the demands of the new security environment?

Working group co-ordinator

  • Hans Corell (Sweden), former Under-Secretary General for Legal Affairs of the United Nations. Member of various expert committees in Sweden, with the Council of Europe, and the OECD. Co-author of the first proposal for the establishment of the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.


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