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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Relighting the peace pipe

Local responses wrestle with global consequences as Pashtun secularists in Pakistan's northwest have begun talks with Islamist militants.

Europe’s Afghan test

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.

Deaths in Iraq: the numbers game, revisited

The question of how many Iraqis have died since 2003 has been reopened. In answering it, it is vital to clarify the criteria in making a scientific assessment, says Michel Thieren.

Benazir murdered: what next?

With global scrutiny once more on Pakistan, Kanishk Tharoor offers a guide through the fall-out of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto

Pakistan: prospects and perils

What's in store for Pakistan? Anatol Lieven forecasts. Listen now

The so-called "war on terror"

In this excerpt from "Civil Paths to Peace", a report of the Commonwealth Commission on Respect and Understanding, the Commission urges dialogue and understanding in confronting militant violence

Europe and terrorism: the wrong path

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 IAEA escape route

Iran's recent deal with the IAEA provides the best path out from diplomatic deadlock. Washington, however, seems set to miss another opportunity.

One mistake too many

A slip-up in nuclear weapons controls in the United States is cause for global concern.

Diplomacy unbound

Europe risks irrelevance if it doesn't soften its approach to Iran

Brown's moral offensive

The battle of ideas requires policies and serious dialogue, not just rhetoric

A changing relationship

Gordon Brown's visit to the United States sees a change in style and substance

A necessary act

The new Human Security Act allows the Philippines to combat terrorism while preventing human rights violations

More harm than good

Morocco's proposed plan to grant Western Sahara autonomy is a poor solution to Africa's forgotten conflict.

Britain's terror trials

As a London court delivers its verdicts on the 21/7 bombers, toD looks at the UK's recent history of terrorism trials

The Madrid bombing trial draws to a close

With sentencing scheduled for October, the procedural phase of Europe's largest terrorism trial ends.

Is the "war on terror" being won? (II)

The second in toD's roundtables on the state of the so-called "war-on-terror".

Is the "war on terror" being won?

Scholars and policy-makers probe the conduct of global counterterrorism.

From the archive: An absolute right

Manfred Nowak, UN special rapporteur for torture, criticises the use of "extraordinary rendition" and indefinite detentions, warning that torture spreads "like an infectious disease."

Does the UK need more anti-terror laws?

Lawyer and human rights activist Geoffrey Bindman argues against impending additions to Britain's already cumbersome and problematic baggage of anti-terrorism law.

Lost in translation

Spanish language experts grapple with problems of translation as the Madrid bombing trial nears its end.

US counterterrorism critiqued

Martin Scheinin, UN special rapporteur on human rights and terrorism, warns the Bush administration that its policies may do more harm than good.

India's democracy deficit in Kashmir

Farooq Siddiqui, chairman of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, argues that the European Union and members of the international community must remind India of its democratic hypocrisy in Kashmir.

"Iraq and Afghanistan don't matter to us"

As it continued its meticulous and methodical work, the Madrid bombing trial endured an unexpected hunger strike by 14 of the 29 defendants.

Why terrorism?

Peter Neumann reports on the proceedings of the Council of Europe's "Why terrorism?" conference in Strasbourg.

ETA deny connection to 11-M

The Madrid bombing trial continued this week with testimony from imprisoned ETA terrorists and from other convicted Islamist militants.

Benazir's fighting sham

With her return from exile imminent, Benazir Bhutto reminds Kanishk Tharoor of the dismal state of Pakistani politics.

UN Security Council in action

Follow the recent activities of the United Nations Security Council, presided over this month by the British ambassador to the UN, Sir Emyr Jones Parry.

The Asturias plot

This week, witnesses dealt with a range of subjects, including the plot of the Asturias explosives and the first testimony from victims of the attack.

Democracy crumbling in Algeria?

With Islamist violence on the up in Algeria and across the Maghreb, democratic institutions are likely to come under increasing external and internal pressure.

Suicide in Leganes

The Madrid bombing trial this week focused on the explosion in Leganes on 3 April, 2004 in which the authors of the bombing killed themselves.

India's war with itself

The blunt brutality of India's Maoist insurgents cannot be countered with equal violence.

Shady dealings

This week, the trial focuses on how the terrorists tapped into a murky underworld of traffickers and criminals to procure explosives.

Spain: trials and tribulations

Three years after the Madrid bombings, Ivan Briscoe sees strength and weakness in Spanish counterterrorism.

Iraq: the sum of the parts

Ali A. Allawi, special adviser to the prime minister of Iraq, argues that US policies have led Iraq into sectarian strife, and US policies must help pull Iraq out.

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