This event will explore how cities can boost their resilience to urban terrorism in order minimize the risks of lethal attacks and ensure a quicker bounce-back when attacks occur.
This event is the first of a series of debates on resilience, which aims to develop, foster and promote building resilience into systems, policies and approaches that enables states and societies to withstand, adapt, recover and respond to shocks and crises. It is part of Friends of Europe’s Peace, Security and Defence Programme, supported by the United States European Command (EUCOM). Our work is firmly anchored in our expertise in a range of fields, including energy and climate change, geopolitics, international development, migration and health. We seek a holistic approach to European, transatlantic and global security policies. Security considerations are, in turn, mainstreamed into these areas of expertise, enriching the debate by encouraging experts to think outside their comfort zones.
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- Event summary
- Event report
- Designing proportionate security responses to ‘soft target’ terrorism, by Jon Coaffee, Professor of Urban Geography at the University of Warwick and Director of the Resilient Cities Laboratory
- Insurance sector as builder of resilience, by Julian Enoizi, Chief Executive at Pool Re, a provider of terrorism reinsurance cover in the United Kingdom
- How can we make our cities terror-proof? Discussion with Debating Europe
The 9/11 terrorist attacks signalled a seismic shift in global security and the emergence of a fluctuating multipolar system. Military endeavours must be combined with economic, judicial and democratic capacity-building to build sustainable peace.
The digital revolution has yielded both opportunities and challenges. The global financial crisis shook the economic system and harmed citizens’ trust in institutions. Now there are major questions about the European project, transatlantic relations and the future of NATO.
08:30 - 09:00
Welcome coffee and registration of participants
09:00 - 10:00
In recent years many of the world’s major cities have had first-hand experience dealing with the prevention or aftermath of deadly terrorist attacks. With improved capabilities and knowledge, most local authorities are becoming better at tackling terrorist threats and dealing with the consequences of such attacks. But with urban terrorism - especially high-profile but low-tech attacks - expected to continue, national and local governments must do more to minimise the risks of lethal attacks and ensure a quicker bounce-back when they (inevitably) occur. This requires local policies and actions to boost the resilience of individuals, neighbourhoods, communities, businesses and institutions so that they can survive, adapt, and grow in the face of terrorism. Also, as urban terrorism tears down rigid divisions between the developed and developing countries, the focus must be on ensuring a concerted and coordinated response to urban terror among cities worldwide. This can be done through the sharing of knowledge, experience, and the adoption of best practices. Working together on how urban systems plan for, respond and adapt to crises and shocks can help foster cross-sectoral resilience across the world.
- How can urban planning be improved to help mitigate new forms of terrorist attacks?
- Can information-sharing, cooperation and collaboration be encouraged at the local, regional and national levels to secure a more preventive, agile and flexible response to violent terrorism?
- What role is there for the private sector to foster resilience in cities?
- Should terror awareness and resilience be part of civic education?
Shpend Ahmeti, Mayor of Pristina, Kosovo*
Paul Argyle, Strategic Advisor for Fire & Resilience to the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester and Member of the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities programme
Camino Mortera-Martinez, Research Fellow at the Centre for European Reform
Emmanuelle Pierrard, Head for Energy, Transport and Public Sector at Nokia Benelux
Dharmendra Kanani, Director of Strategy at Friends of Europe
*This designation is without prejudice to position on status, and is in line with UN Security Council Resolution 1244/99 and the International Court of Justice Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.
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