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War on Terror or Policing Terrorism?
Radicalization and ExPansion of thE thREats
By Alain Bauer, Professor of Criminology, National Conservatory for Arts and Crafts, Paris; Senior Research Fellow, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, and Beijing University of Law, China; President, French National Council on Strategic Research; French National Crime Commission; Consultant, New York City, New York, Police Department, Los Angeles, California, Sheriff’s Department, and Surete du Quebec, Canada
This article is an excerpt from a speech originally delivered at the IACP global policing summit in Paris, France, September 21–22, 2010. Partnering with the IACP to conduct this event were INTERPOL, FRANCOPOL, and the French National Police. Alain Bauer (credentials above) was asked to provide an overview on the theme of the conference: terrorism and the prevention of youth radicalization. Following are his remarks.
e use the experience of the law enforcement community to construct concepts. We try to give strategic logic to tacticians in the field. We do not collect information; we try to analyze it. I always begin a conference with this quote: “In criminal or terrorist matters, what we regard as new is actually what we have forgotten.” In national security matters, disasters occur when we fail to see the threats confronting us as they are instead of how we want them to be. As the former U.S. National Security Adviser James Jones stated at the Munich Conference on Security Policy in February 2009, It is hard to overstate the differences between the twentieth and the twenty-first centuries. We have already experienced many, many differences in the twenty-first century. When this conference first met, everything was viewed through the prism of the Cold War. And in retrospect, life was simpler then. It was certainly more organized. It was certainly more symmetric.
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Year in and year out, the strategic environment was fairly consistent and predictable. Threats were “conventional.” . . . But to move forward, we must understand the terms “national security” and “international security” are no longer limited to the ministries of defense and foreign ministries; in fact, they encompass the economic aspects of our societies. They encompass energy. They encompass new threats—asymmetric threats involving proliferation, involving the illegal shipment of arms and narcoterrorism, and the like. Borders are no longer recognized, and the simultaneity of the threats that face us are occurring at a more rapid pace . . . The challenges that we face are broader and more diverse than we ever imagined, even after the terrible events of 9/11. And our capacity to meet these challenges, in my view, does not yet match the urgency of what is required. To be blunt, the institutions and approaches that we forged together through the twentieth century are still adjusting to meet the realities of the twenty-first century. And the world has definitely changed, but we have not changed with it. But it is not too late, and this is the good news . . .
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Police Chief - January 2011
The Police Chief - January 2011
President’s Message: Introducing IACP’s Conference Rotation Plan
Legislative Alert: Mandatory Collective Bargaining Legislation Sidelined Again
IACP Foundation: Fourth Annual Foundation Fundraiser Flies High in Orlando
Chief's Counsel: Federal Collective Bargaining Legislation for State and Municipal Public Safety Personnel
Advances & Applications
Updating Ethics Training-Policing Privacy Series: Taking Race out of the Perception Equation
Understanding the Psychology of Police Misconduct
Psychological Factors after Officer-Involved Shootings: Addressing Officer Needs and Agency Responsibilities
War on Terror or Policing Terrorism? Radicalization and Expansion of the Threats
2010 IACP Awards
Index to Advertisers
Highway Safety Initiatives
The Police Chief - January 2011