Prof. Boaz Ganor, Founder & Executive Director, ICT, Ronald Lauder Chair for Counter-Terrorism & Dean, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy, IDC Herzliya, Israel
The session was part of the ICT's 16th World Summit on Counter-Terrorism: "Unpuzzling Terrorism". Prof. Ganor discussed the counter-terrorism situation 15 years after 9/11 attacks. On one hand, the world has more ungoverned spaces than ever. These spaces have been filled with terrorist organizations that possess advanced technologies that they have never been able to utilize in the past. On the other hand, we have now better cooperation in all aspects, including intelligence technology sharing.
Professor Ganor chose to speak in Hebrew for his remarks as a way to commemorate the Israeli victims of terror. He opened his remarks by posing the following questions; after 15 years, are we better or worse off today? Have we developed better tools to combat terrorism? The answers to these questions, Professor Ganor said, are quite complex. On one hand, terrorist organizations have expanded and acquired more territories as well as more tools to recruit and incite. On the other hand, we have developed more robust relationships between agencies and have developed impressive and effective programs to gather intelligence. Despite our successes in these areas, Professor Ganor stated, we cannot rest on our laurels because terrorism is a constantly evolving enemy. Furthermore, he stated that the fight against terrorism requires finding the right balance and being able to deal with contradictions. To conclude his remarks, Professor Ganor wished the participants of the conference a fruitful week of insightful debates that will result in a more profound understanding of terrorism.