The 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States brought to the fore the vulnerability of places once deemed impervious to terrorist attacks. The presence of minority groups in the US, Europe as well as the Balkans pose a different set of challenges for counter-terrorism activities, and therefore their combined support is now recognised as crucial in the prevention of such acts. Participants at the workshop will discuss and share information on a variety of issues, including:
- immigration and naturalisation: western passports’ importance for terror;
- the challenges and prospects of counter-terrorism in Africa;
- culture-oriented counter-terrorism;
- creating bridges of trust in diverse communities and;
- policing the modern city: local counter-terrorism in the US.
As the fight to eradicate terrorist acts takes on different dimensions, the quest to understand the terrorist must become equally dynamic. If law enforcement agencies fail to gain the support of all the different groups in their community, terrorists have a greater chance of operating “under the radar”. To date, less attention has been given to overcoming the language, cultural and ideological challenges within culturally and linguistically diverse communities during counter-terrorism operations.
With active involvement from world-renown institutions like Cranfield University –Defence Academy (UK), International Risk & Crisis Management (Belgium) and RAND Europe (UK), this event will create a forum for cross-cultural expertise and perspectives to be shared and used for future collaboration.
This workshop is funded by the Science for Peace and Security (SPS) programme under one of its key priorities – “Defence against terrorist threats”. The event serves as a clear example of NATO’s meticulous approach to peace and security.
For more information, visit www.nato.int/science (see “Calendar” for organisers’ contact details).