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March 3, 2005

Democracy and Terrorism: the Impact of the Anti

How can terrorism be dealt with without undermining the very foundations of a democracy? Recent focus on international terrorism has an unprecedented impact on national level policy, with implications for both mature and emergent democracies.

by Judith Large

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February 22, 2005

Terrorism in Southeast Asia: Australia as Part of the Problem

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

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February 16, 2005

Talking to terrorists in Gaza

A dialogue in Palestine makes the Dutch expert in conflict resolution, Mient Jan Faber, think afresh about the ethical foundations of political action.

by Mient Jan Faber

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February 8, 2005

Five principles for a safer future

Democracies can effectively fight terror only by remaining true to themselves.

by Isabel Hilton

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February 4, 2005

Winning hearts and minds, but how? America’s public image in the Arab and Moslem world

Americans are worried about the image that their country has in the Arab and the Muslim world. Nadia Bilbassey-Charters, Senior correspondent for Al Arabiya TV, suggests that the Arab world sees hypocrisy and double standards when it comes to US foreign policy. Americans need to do away with this bias and apply the same standard to everyone. A would start would be to invest its political capital in solving the Israeli/ Palestinian conflict.

by Nadia Bilbassey-Charters

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February 3, 2005

Terrorism and communication©

Terrorism and some of the related terms (such as "jihadism") are often used rhetorically due to the state communication strategies. The oversimplification of analysis and abuse of slogans and labels in public and private media can widen the gap that today separates Muslims and westerners. Also, it prevents the deep reflection on the structural origins of violence.

by Jean-Luc Marret

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January 23, 2005

Money and Terrorism

Economics, not politics or ideology, is the engine of the armed struggle. Loretta Napoleoni analyzes five decades of modern terrorism, and warns about the growing sophistication and importance of the economics of terrorism, and about the interdependency between terror money and traditional economies.

by Loretta Napoleoni

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January 22, 2005

Denying Access by Non-State Actors to WMD

Do key international treaties address the risk of non-state actors getting access to WMD? Ron Manley analizes the current status of the main non-proliferation treaties and calls for states to make an effort to implement the treaties' provisions and to adapt their national legislations accordingly.

by Ron Manley

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January 20, 2005

Get wise and get real

In face of terrorism, the United States evades and Europe appeases. John Hulsman calls for a real world assessment of the war.

by John Hulsman

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January 19, 2005

The enemy within

The war on terror will be won not by force of arms, but by a new strategic approach that speaks to the experience of the world’s Muslims, says Charles Peña.

by Charles Peña

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January 17, 2005

The power of resentment: a response to Karin von Hippel

The Madrid conference marking the anniversary of the March 2004 terrorist attacks must not be imprisoned in the chains of political correctness, says Roger Scruton.

by Robert Scruton

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January 13, 2005

Safe Democracy

How should democratic societies respond to terrorism? On 11 March 2005, a year after bombs in Madrid killed 191 people and almost killed thousands, a major summit in the Spanish capital will address this most fundamental question. Here, Mary Kaldor suggests an agenda.

by Mary Kaldor

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January 6, 2005

Five steps for defeating terrorism

An advisor to the forthcoming Madrid summit on terror and democracy outlines what can be done to tackle terror while retaining and strengthening democratic principles.

by Karin von Hippel

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What counts as terrorism? The view on the Arab street

In November 2004 Fares Braizat, a polling expert at the Center for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan, presented some of the key findings from the opinion polls he had conducted in five Arab countries on the subject of terrorism, to a conference in Trujillo, Spain jointly supported by openDemocracy, FRIDE and King’s College, London. The results make sobering reading.

by Fares A. Braizat

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January 1, 2005

Be part of it!

Terrorism affects all of us and democracy is built by all of us.

That is why we all have a part to play, including you.

This conference is not only for the speakers and invitees: we need your opinions, your analysis and your points of view, because we have to meet this challenge together.

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