Next week, an important summit will be held by a number of legislators from Congress, the European Parliament, and the Canadian Parliament to discuss "al-Qaida's and other jihadi forces' campaigns worldwide against democracies."
The closed meeting, to take place in the United States, is sponsored by the newly formed "Trans-Atlantic Group on Counterterrorism (TAG)," launched in Washington and Brussels last year. TAG was launched in the winter of 2008 by Members of the European Parliament, led by MEP Jaime Mayor Oreja, vice chairman for policy of the EPP Group at the European Parliament (present majority Party), and members from both parties of Congress, led by Rep. Sue Myrick, co-chair of the Anti-Terrorism Caucus in the House. The goal of TAG is to create a working relationship between legislators from Europe and the United States (North America) to address terrorism and the threat it poses to democracies.
This will be the second TAG summit. The first was held April 30, 2008, in Washington, D.C., where participants signed a joint declaration of principles. The third will take place in Brussels.
These meetings are important steps in forming a strong counterterrorism trans-Atlantic partnership. It will allow legislators to share insights and best practices, and discuss how democracies can address terror threats, not only as individual countries, but as an international community.
The European delegation will include MEPs from France, Spain, Netherlands, Hungary, Germany, Italy, Austria, Bulgaria, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The North American delegation will include a Canadian MP and members of Congress.
The subjects to be addressed, are divided in three categories: Terrorism and International relations: ideological radicalization, the so-called “Islamophobia,” and the role of international organizations in mitigating extremism. International jihadist threats: Discussion of terror strategies and counterstrategies in areas such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, and Somalia. European and North American legislators will address and analyze these various issues in their respective realms.
3) Trans-Atlantic threats: Discussion on new strategies being employed by terrorists and radical Islamists, and the counterterror strategies to combat them inside Europe, Canada, and the United States. European and American legislators will address and analyze these various issues in their respective realms.
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Updates and material will be posted after the meeting.
Dr. Walid Phares is a co-secretary general of the Trans Atlantic Legislative Group on Counter Terrorism.
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