As transnational terrorism continues to become an increasing threat worldwide, people everywhere are wondering why this is happening and how it can be resolved. The Transnational Terrorism Today conference brought together a wide range of experts on Thursday and Friday to answer exactly these questions.
According to Our World in Data, there were 13,488 terrorism-related incidents in 2016 — a major increase from 1,907 incidents in 2001 when former President George W. Bush declared the United States’ War on Terror.
One of the organizers of the Transnational Terrorism Today conference, history professor Klaus Larres, said the increase in terrorism in the West can be partly explained by the foreign policies of Western nations.
“It has perhaps something to do with the continued foreign policies some leading Western countries conduct, which seems to ignore local problems and just focuses on their own objectives,” he said. “Of course, it is no way — we all believe — to deal with these problems in a violent way, but some countries, some people, believe unfortunately that only with violence you get attention, and only with violence Western countries will change their policies.”
One of the expert panelists at the conference, Sarah Desmarais, associate professor of psychology at North Carolina State University, said she was attracted to the conference partly because of its multidisciplinary approach.