Introduction:

The hard facts were that 50 years of non-violence had brought (my)  people nothing but more repressive legislation, and fewer rights. If the  world leaders do not believe that global fairness, peace, and human  dignity is in the best interest of the global community, then our fate

may indeed be akin to the words of Shelley:

“And each dweller panic stricken Felt his heart terror-stricken”

Terrorism has emerged as a premier global threat the world is facing these days. The footprints of this threat stretch from the undeveloped northern areas of Pakistan to the highly developed societies of the USA and European countries. This global phenomenon has not only disturbed the nation states, their governance, and economy but is also disturbing a common man’s personal, social and economic life. In the last two decades, this curse has digested millions of security forces personnel and innocent bystanders. The global war on terrorism led by USA and ISAF forces reflect the growing reality of existentialist threat the world is facing from this menace.

The growing terrorist threat and concomitantly the growing efforts to control terrorism based on the hope that it will bring a reduction in terrorist incidences is juxtaposed with an upsurge in these acts which is now challenging the very logic of the perceptions inherent in the planned counter-terrorism efforts. Further, the cost of unsuccessful attempts at counter-terrorism has been escalating for countries both in the form of direct costs of operations as well as indirect costs resulting from social and economic instability.

Historical discourse on terrorism reveals that the current state of terrorism whether the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan or proxy wars in Syria, Iraq and Pakistan finds its roots in the hegemonic expansionist policies of the former colonizing countries which gave impetus to religious forces to create a bulwark against perceived threat to religious sentiments; the perceived injustices at the global level and economic oppression of the weak.

Regardless of the armed endeavor by the US and its collaborators in this war on terrorism, the related violence has increased significantly over the past few years. The Taliban insurgency is on the rise and has resulted in mounting damage to the very fabric of governance and sovereignty of the nation-state, where the victims of violence go beyond the mere death of fighters but involve the deaths of even those aid workers whose aim was to bring succor to the traumatized populace.

Consequential to the gravity of the subject and its implication for the world in general and Pakistan in particular, an international conference is being held on May 21, 2016, at Imperial College of Business Studies.

The objective of the conference is to bring together experts in the areas of terrorism and counter-terrorism. The papers to be presented by the experts aim to address the following key issues bringing a Pakistani perspective to this debate.

This is a unique event, as the selected speakers are those who have either participated directly in counter-terrorism activities or report a perspective from those who have suffered such events and bring fruitful propositions to further the counter-terrorist efforts.

This will be very informative for those who are involved in studying or researching in areas such as international relations, political science, government policy studies, strategic studies, conflict resolution, sociology, and psychology.

POSTER COMPETITION “ART AGAINST TERROR”

For many of us terrorism and counter-terrorism are abstract phenomena, and so are their ramifications. An abstraction is difficult to deal with, given that it has no form or shape. An abstraction is difficult to deal with, given that it has no form or shape. An abstraction, however, can be made tangible so it can be dealt with effectively. The poster competition on “Art Against Terror” is an effective tool to remove the awe of the unknown and convert it into something that we will be ready to tackle head on.

Event Description: Terrorism has emerged as a major global threat the world is facing these days.  The foot prints of this threat stretches from the under developed northern areas of Pakistan to the highly develop societies of the USA and European countries. This global phenomenon has not only disturbed the nation states, their governance and economy, but is also disturbing a common man’s personal, social and economic life. In the last two decades this curse has digested millions of security forces and innocents bystanders. The global war on terrorism led by USA and ISAF forces reflects the growing reality of the existentialist threat that the world is facing from this menace.

This conference aims at taking an in depth view of  the terrorist phenomenon while also proposing counter terrorism strategies.