March 3, 2005
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
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
February 16, 2005
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
February 8, 2005
Democracies can effectively fight terror only by remaining true to themselves.
by Isabel Hilton
February 4, 2005
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
February 3, 2005
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
January 23, 2005
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
January 22, 2005
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
January 20, 2005
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
January 19, 2005
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
January 17, 2005
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
January 13, 2005
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
January 6, 2005
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
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
January 1, 2005
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