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December 15, 2004

Towards a Democratic Response

Defending our core democratic values means responding to terrorist attacks in ways that strengthen our democratic institutions and spread freedom where it does not yet exist. We aim to construct a strategy against terrorism based on the principles of democracy and international co-operation.

Thematic Subject Area III

Subject area co-ordinator:

  • Phil Bobbitt (USA), professor of law at the University of Texas at Austin. Distinguished career in academia and government. Interests include not only constitutional law but also international security and the history of strategy. Author of The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace and the Course of History (Knopf 2002). Associate fellow at the Royal Institute for International Affairs, London.

Human rights
Working Group 11

Faced with the need to identify and dismantle terrorist networks, the protection of human rights has come under increasing strain. This working group analyses the defence of human rights within the struggle against terrorism, and their essential role as part of a democratic response to terrorism.

Working group co-ordinator

  • Asma Jahangir (Pakistan), co-founder and director of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. Spearheaded advocacy efforts on children’s, prisoners’ and women’s rights, as well as on judicial and constitutional reform. Just finished five-year term as Special UN Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions.


Promoting Democracy and Accountable Government
Working Group 12

Lack of democracy can create conditions in which terrorist movements and their idealogies flourish. This working group examines democracy as a response or antidote to terrorism, including the priorities, efficacies and limits of the acceptable in the equation of democracy, terrorism and security.

Working group co-ordinator

  • Ghia Nodia (Georgia), chairman of the Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development, Georgia. Democracy activist, as well as academic expert in security, state-building and democratisation in the Caucasus. Editor of the Journal of Democracy.


International Institutions
Working Group 13

Global terrorism requires a global response. Yet, while international co-operation is more necessary than ever, the struggle against terrorism has raised serious questions about the effectiveness and relevance of some international institutions. This working group explores how international cooperation can effectively contribute to the fight against terrorism.

Working group co-ordinator

  • Fen Hampson (Canada), director of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, Ottawa. Research interests include multilateralism, global governance and human security. Author of, among many other publications, Multilateral Negotiations (Johns Hopkins 1999)


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