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TERRORISM IN THE MIDDLE EAST. Meaning & History. There are many definitions of terrorism – hard to reach a consensus. This matters for policy makers, citizens, and the international community. From the 1960s until the late 1980s, the main motives for terrorism were political.

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Terrorism in the middle east

TERRORISM IN THE MIDDLE EAST


Meaning history

Meaning & History

  • There are many definitions of terrorism – hard to reach a consensus.

    • This matters for policy makers, citizens, and the international community.

  • From the 1960s until the late 1980s, the main motives for terrorism were political.

  • The nature of terrorism changed overtime with more internationalization, the emergence of religious factors in the 1990s, and the growing acceptance of suicide.


An alarming trend

An Alarming Trend

  • 1968-2006


Where it s happening

Where It’s Happening


How big is the problem

How Big Is The Problem?

Stats from 2005


Economic costs

Economic Costs


Political costs

Political Costs

  • Tensions between the West and the Muslim world

  • Human rights concerns

  • Weakening of transparency, accountability, and democratic rules

    • Ex. = Patriot Act – places limits on freedom

  • Strengthening of authoritarian regimes


  • Short term solutions

    Short-Term Solutions

    • Containment w/ control measures both here & abroad

    • Involve police, intelligence, & military

    • Reduce tension between countries

    • Open debate w/ experts

    • Transparency & accountability within our own gov’t


    Medium long term solutions

    Medium & Long-Term Solutions

    • Prevention

    • Improve information gathering & analysis

    • More diplomacy & foreign aid

    • Better coordination & cooperation within the international community

      • Involve other countries in our dealings with Iraq & Afghanistan

  • UN should have more involvement

  • Negotiate with and offer amnesty to some terrorists?


  • Who can make a difference

    Who Can Make a Difference?


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