Should efforts be made to talk to
terrorists? This important question has been largely overlooked
by governments, militaries and members of the peace and conflict
The definition of terrorist
Insurgents, freedom fighters, rebels, terrorists. What is the internationally adopted working definition of terrorist? What has changed in the definition? What are the implications for current policy and practice? What corrections should be made?
What drives contemporary terrorists?
Are the motives of today's terrorists always negative? Are their actions rational in any sense? Does their cause ever have legitimacy?
Lessons from History
What does past experience with known terrorist groups offer today (e.g. IRA, FLQ, Biner-Minhoff Group)?
How can terrorists be dealt with more effectively?
Are terrorists beyond engagement through dialogue? Can soft and hard power be combined effectively? Is there a role for conflict resolution practitioners?
Key Background Documents and Related Research
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