Managing Terrorist Threats - The Growing Democracy Advantage
Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, London, New York, Paris, the list goes on: In recent years, international terror has hit Western democracies repeatedly right in its heart, sparking public fears and provoking panicked political actionism. However, contrary to popular belief, the Global Terrorism Index (GTI) shows that open societies are in fact not the targets that are hit hardest by terrorist attacks. In parts of Africa, the Middle East, Sinai, the Caucasus, and other vulnerable regions, terror organizations such as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Boko Haram, and various al-Qaeda affiliates have been severely undermining regional stability, seizing tracks of land, and threatening human life and freedom to a much larger extend than in the West.
On July 12th, 2018, the Center for International Security and Governance will host a lecture by Amichai Magen, Head of the Diplomacy and Conflict Studies Program at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy in Herzliya, Israel, to discuss what he calls a "triple democracy advantage" when it comes to terrorism:
Contrary to popular opinion, Magen argues, data from nearly two decades suggests that liberal democracies are increasingly the safest regime type as they suffer fewer attacks than do other regime types, with a slower increase in numbers, and fewer fatalities. So how can this contrast between public perceptions and the changing empirical reality be explained? And what role does preserving and deepening democratic substance play in enhancing safety and mitigating the risks of terrorism? These and other questions will be explored at the upcoming event.
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