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Envisaging More Constructive Alternative to the Counter-Terror Paradigm

‘Terrorism’ has come to dominate current affairs in the Western World, and dealing with it is a top domestic and foreign policy priority for Western nations. However, the urgent need to respond often favours rushed decisions – leading to actions that do not improve, or actively worsen, the chances of long-term peace. This briefing identifies some significant drawbacks in the ways counter-terrorism and related stabilisation and statebuilding efforts are being pursued, and argues that holistic strategies for building peace should be developed that place due emphasis on less violent, more constructive alternatives. While many of these options have pitfalls of their own, we believe that these constructive alternatives could provide a stronger basis for building peace.

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SaferWorld: Preventing Violent Conflict, Building Safer Lives
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Peace and Security