Democracy and Terrorism: the debate continues

4 March 2005

Next week a team from openDemocracy will be off to the International Summit on Democracy, Terrorism and Security in Madrid - for the past two months we've been running an online debate about the issues raised. and we're asking people around the world to Meet on March 11 and discuss them at home or work with friends, family or colleagues.

There has been a fascinating debate about the ways that democracies should respond to terror, and we've seen some brilliant pieces published both on openDemocracy and elsewhere. 

One really compelling view comes from Judith Large,  Senior Programme Advisor on Democracy Building and Conflict Management for IDEA, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance.  In an illuminating essay on the Safe-democracy website, written in a personal capacity, she argues that a post- 9/11 remilitarised international security framework threatens to marginalise democratic approaches to conflict management and that some measures meant as response may undermine or compromise democracies in fragile or key stages of development.

Large has extensive experience in international relations, political economy and conflict theory/analysis, having run practical consultancies for the WHO, DFID, UNDP and the British Council in areas such as East Timor, Bosnia, Indonesia and the Philippines, so her perspective deserves careful consideration.

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