The Boston Marathon bombings once again showed that it is impossible to prevent terrorist strikes completely. Politically and religiously motivated attacks have continued to claim victims in the post-9/11 world, despite a dramatic increase in homeland security measures in many countries and attempts to wipe out training camps abroad. What’s the best way to cope with the threat of terrorism?
Shortly after the Boston Marathon bombings, Canadian security forces arrested terrorist suspects on a train from Toronto to New York.
In the US, domestic security measures like the Department of Homeland Security - set up in the course of President George W. Bush’s ‘War on Terror’ - have helped the nation’s citizens feel more secure than they did in the direct aftermath of 9/11.
But terrorist attacks all over the world have claimed many victims in the last decade. And the latest strike in Boston has once again provoked questions about how best to prevent them. Will the latest violence in Boston cause US authorities to limit civil rights even more? What about the rights of the perpetrators? How much freedom has to be sacrificed for promises of more security? How can countries improve cooperation to more effectively fight the battle against globalized terrorism?
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Nicholas Kulish – The journalist has been the Berlin Correspondent for The New York Times since 2007. Before that, he was a member of the NY Times editorial board. Born in Washington D.C., he studied at Columbia University and worked in Hong Kong and New York City. Starting out as a news assistant, he became a reporter at The Wall Street Journal for which he reportet on the US-invasion of Iraq in 2003. In 2007, he published his first novel Last One In.
Tom Goeller – Born 1958, he studied American History and Politics at the University of Bonn/ Germany. He has been a journalist for various media, among them BBC and ARD. From 1997 to 2004 he was a political analyst of international affairs with the German Weekly "Das Parlament" and the US correspondent in Washington, D.C. From November 2004 until end of 2010 he was the correspondent for Germany of the US daily “The Washington Times” and of the Egyptian monthly "Egypt Today". He now works as a freelance journalist and political analyst of US and Middle Eastern, as well as security affairs.
Michael Lüders – Born in Bremen, in 1959, Lüders studied Arabic literature in Damascus as well as Islamic studies, political science and publishing in Berlin. His dissertation focused on the Egyptian cinema. His works include documentaries for German public television and a long stint as Middle East correspondent for the “Die Zeit” newspaper. Lüders lives in Berlin, working as a political adviser, publicist and author on middle eastern issues.