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Peacebuilding and Terrorism (with David Cortright)

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Published on Aug 7, 2012

This video is part of the Faith, Social Justice, and Public Life course that Jim Wallis, Executive Director of Sojourners, taught at Georgetown University.

David Cortwright of Notre Dame's Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies explores the application peacebuilding principles to current threats posed by terrorist organizations. Drawing on a career in public activism, military service, and scholarship, he emphasizes the fact that terrorist campaigns overwhelmingly end because of negotiation or good police work in prevention, not military action or clear victory. Counterterrorism strategists acknowledge that policy-makers must address conditions conducive to terrorism, particularly the lack of economic opportunities for young males. A key goal in such policy-making must be to differentiate between core terrorist networks and the surrounding communities, and to drive these communities away from the terrorist core. At a basic level, counterterrorism strategy must understand Pope Paul VI's famous exhortation: "If you want peace, work for justice." The enlistment of local religious communities can often contribute to the success of peacebuilding efforts in practice.

For more on this course: http://bit.ly/xdMvEf
For more on the Berkley Center: http://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/
For more on Sojourners: http://www.sojo.net/

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