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Past Program

Mar 21 - Mar 26, 2006

European Responses to Terrorism: Costs of Public Security

Session 430

Abstract

In an intensified effort to curb terrorist activity in Europe, governments have

instituted new policies and programs at local, national and transnational

levels. These measures involve tightened border controls, greater internal

security, increased intergovernmental co-operation and monitoring financial

transactions as a means of restricting terrorist financing. This session will

review these measures with particular attention on those issues where there

is a perceived or real lapse in implementation. The session will identify the

political, social, bureaucratic and legal dynamics that have hindered

Europe's anti-terrorist measures, ranging from economic implications to the

need to balance public security with civil liberties. Session participants will

also provide perspectives from other countries dealing with the terrorist

threat, including a critical analysis of the comparative effectiveness of

"homeland security" in the United States.