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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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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.
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?