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SIPA-Guggenheim Roundtable Looks Beyond Sept. 11 in Foreshadowing New Terrorism

In a roundtable discussion sponsored by the School of International and Public Affairs and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, three terrorism experts looked beyond the Sept. 11 attacks in describing the face of terrorism in the 21st century.

Ehud Sprinzak

Describing the Sept. 11 attacks as the most devastating acts of terror to date, Ehud Sprinzak, author of "Brother Against Brother: Violence and Extremism in Israeli Politics" (Free Press 1999), said terrorism has now become a strategic issue in international affairs, which in the past it had not been. In light of 9/11, Sprinzak suggested that suicide terrorism has had a devastating impact, supplanting the threat of the use of weapons of mass destruction.

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Gustavo Gorriti

Although terrorism has been called the weapon of the weak, terrorists have historically tried to be on the leading edge of technological weaponry, argued Gustavo Gorriti, author of "The Shining Path: A History of the Millenarian War in Peru." Gorriti continued his historical outlook with a description of how the Shining Path insurgency impacted Peru.

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Martha Crenshaw

Why is it difficult to predict and respond to terrorism? According to Martha Crenshaw, editor of "International Encyclopedia of Terrorism," it is hard to predict what will happen over the long-term because there will be many unintended consequences, including changes in demographics and advances in technology. Terrorism is a long-term issue that will not be solved or diminished in the short-term and must be analyzed as a series of interactions and chain reactions.

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Published: Jan 22, 2002
Last modified:Sep 18, 2002