Prof. Uriel Reichman, President & Founder, The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel; Opening Remarks & Greetings
The session was part of the ICT's 16th World Summit on Counter-Terrorism: "Unpuzzling Terrorism". Professor Reichman discussed the positive aspects of the globalization process, lifting borders between states, but noted that globalization also emphasized a “greater impact of the darkest side of human nature". He claimed that greater international cooperation is needed to put an end to terrorism.
Professor Uriel Reichman inaugurated the 9/11 memorial ceremony by discussing the phenomenon of globalization. This trend, he argued, has opened cultural and scientific doors as well as allowed for inter-state trade and open borders. Furthermore, globalization has allowed the world to move towards shared systems of governance, values and institutions. On the other hand, globalization has also created greater dependency and greater impact of “the darkest side of human nature”. The world’s interconnectedness has facilitated the spread of Islamic terrorism.
Professor Reichman emphasized the vulnerability of the world to terrorism and specifically Muslim nations who are often targeted the most by these radical organizations. This phenomenon has not only changed ideological and political realities but also physical ones as the borders of nations have been transformed. This changing reality is particularly evident in places such as Syria, Iraq and Yemen where ISIS has taken advantage of ungoverned territories to set up bases for their organizations. Furthermore, international institutions have so far been unsuccessful at promoting international cooperation and preventing isolationist policies. Professor Reichman noted that although the challenges in the fight against terrorism in such a globalized world are enormous, he is confident that through education and more international cooperation the next generation of leaders and thinkers will be more prepared to put an end to terrorism.