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Could democracy be the ultimate antidote to terrorism? In the face of violence, how should democratic values be put into action? openDemocracy writers present their views - join the conversation in the forum to add yours.
This debate is an extension of arguments presented by openDemocracy in the run up to the International Summit on Democracy, Terrorism and Security, held in Madrid in March this year. To access the online forum discussion from this earlier period of debate, which is hosted on the Summit site, please click here.
A year ago Anastasia Baburova and the human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov were gunned down by a neo-Nazi contract killer in a Moscow street. On the anniversary Moscow human rights groups are planning a demo to say no to race-motivated crime and the permissive attitude of the authorities towards right-wing radical activities. At openDemocracy Russia we share their concern and are bringing back Anastasia Baburova's blog, which we originally published immediately after her death.
In the Philippines, the Burgos case remindsd us that 900 activists have become victims, while the West looks away.
Trapped in her Chennai home by torrential downpours and floods, Swetha Regunathan had no option but to immerse herself in the spectacle of the Mumbai attacks
Islamabad cannot afford to lose sight of the country's crippling economic and social failings as it fights intensifying terrorism and radicalisation
Following the Mumbai attacks, Pakistan promised to go after Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists on its own soil. Yet despite cosmetic successes against the militants, the group's ability to recruit and foment violence remains unruffled
India bristled at recent suggestions by the British foreign minister David Miliband that a resolution of the Kashmir dispute would help solve the problem of terrorism in south Asia. In the wake of the Mumbai attacks, New Delhi is in no mood for compromise.
The recent terrorist attack in Mumbai is not a continuation of politics by other means, but part of an exclusivist, modern project that sees human freedom as superfluous.
The success of a reinvigorated Afghan insurgency – albeit qualified by overstretch and internal tensions – guarantees that 2009 will be another tough year of combat, says Antonio Giustozzi.
The assimilation of India's urban terror attacks into a global narrative of Islamist violence carries the danger that their domestic social and historical roots will be missed, says Ravinder Kaur.
The three years since the London bombs of 7 July 2005 have been a time of great intellectual and organisational ferment among Muslims in Britain. As it continues, the process should include a rethink by the high-profile Muslim Council of Britain, says Yahya Birt.
Clive Stafford Smith is a lawyer who represents many of the more than 500 prisoners in Guantánamo Bay. In an exclusive interview for openDemocracy, he describes the prison camp and the conditions that lawyers work under, tells us that his clients have been tortured and explains how false information extracted by torture is contaminating US intelligence. Listen to Guantánamo, the inside story.
(This was first published on 23 November 2005)
When should democrats talk to political and violent extremists, and who should do the talking? Ram Manikkalingam receives guidance from a gathering in Somalia.
The arrest of a former university colleague for downloading research materials reflects a spreading climate of fear, says Dejan Djokic.
A cautious left outguns an intransigent right - just. But now José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero's government faces an even bigger political test, says Ivan Briscoe
Two great states and empires confronted each other across boundaries of imagination as well as arms between the 14th and 17th centuries in Europe. As conflict receded so the vision of the enemy changed. How did this happen, and what are the lessons for today, asks Paula Sutter Fichtner.
The lesson of the July 2005 terror attacks is that Britain must become either secular or multicultural – and choosing the latter means setting up a Muslim parliament, says David Hayes.
(This article was first published on 28 July 2005)
Afghanistan's hope of progress and security is withering. Europe must lead a new coordinated new strategy before it is too late, says Daniel Korski.
A potent mix of ideology, ethnicity, strategy and social discontent fuels intensifying insurgency in Afghanistan, says Antonio Giustozzi.
A strategy to counter terrorism that reinforces the exclusion of and discrimination against young Muslims won't work. An approach based on the establishment of trust and legitimacy is needed, says Mats Engström.
The vigorous debate about Muslims in Europe and their relationship to the west's understanding of itself needs to be informed by an understanding of history's duality and the present's fluidity, says Olivier Roy.
The second letter of a group of Muslim notables to Christian leaders is a case-study in both the state of religious thinking and the democratisation of sovereignty in the global arena, says Faisal Devji.
The choice between fighting smarter against and negotiating with al-Qaida is rendered false by the movement's own dispersal, say Ram Manikkalingam & Pablo Policzer.
Wars end, terrorism fades, groups die. A fresh perspective can envisage a closure of the cycle that began on 11 September 2001, says Audrey Kurth Cronin.
The 9/11 attacks catapulted the al-Qaida to global attention. What is its condition today, and do Osama Bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri still exercise control? Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou assesses a movement in flux.
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