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The challenge of terror: A traveling essay

Lederach, John Paul
June 4, 2015

Source: (2001) Harrisonburg, VA: Eastern Mennonite University, Conflict Transformation Program.

In the midst of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States, John Paul Lederach, a professor of conflict studies, was traveling in Latin America and then trying to re-enter the United States. He wrote these reflections on the challenge of terror and response to terror a short while later. He explores these lessons: the need to understand roots of anger and the nature of terrorist organizations; approaches to reality; recruitment of new terrorists; and the dialectic between complexity and simplicity in understanding and responding to situations. He goes further to suggest three ways to respond to the terrorist events: pursuit of a sustainable peace process between Israelis and Palestinians; investment in development in Mid Eastern countries; and constructive engagement with the Arab League.


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