Professor Clive Walker gives keynote speech at the International Symposium on ' ‘The Balance between Freedom and Security in Fighting Against Terrorism'
Professor Clive Walker gave a keynote speech at the International Symposium on ‘The Balance between Freedom and Security in Fighting Against Terrorism’.
The event took place in Istanbul on 30 October- 1 November 2013.
His title was 'Total war on terrorism or total counter-terrorism? Contemporary agendas against terrorism'. The event was organised by the Justice Academy of Turkey which trains judges and prosecutors as well as holding other legal events. It was attended by around 250 delegates, with Professor Walker being the chosen terrorism expert from the United Kingdom.
Professor Walker's thesis looks at the analysis of contemporary (post-9/11) counter-terrorism agendas into the two categories. As stated in the title, there is either ‘Total war on terror’ or ‘Total counter-terrorism’. It presents some illustrations of what each means by reference to state activities. In regard to the ‘Total war on terror’ it mentions: torture; detention; and rendition. All are highly abusive of rights. Regarding ‘Total counter-terrorism’, a good example is the UK’s counter terrorism strategy called CONTEST, which has four principal strands: PREVENT, PURSUE, PROTECT, and PREPARE. It concludes by stating there is a drift from the ‘Total war on terror’ towards ‘Total counter-terrorism’, thereby creating a better prospect of attaining effectiveness, including sustainability, and fairness, including respect for individual rights.