The People


February 23, 2005

Ronald Crelisten: One-Question Interview

Ronald Crelisten is a Professor at the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa. He received academic degrees in genetics and biopsychology before he began working in the area of terrorism and political violence in the mid-1970s. As principal researcher for the Centre international de criminologie comparée at l’Université de Montréal from 1975-1980, he organized a series of international seminars dealing with the problems that terrorism poses for democratic states. He began doctoral studies in criminology during this period, looking at how Canada dealt with the threat of Quebec nationalist terrorism around 1970. He joined the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa in 1982, where he teaches courses on criminological theory, policy-making, the media, and political crime and violence. He received his doctorate in 1985 and became a Full Professor in 1994. Professor Crelinsten has been studying the problem of combating terrorism in liberal democracies for more than twenty-five years. His research interests include the relationship between insurgent and state violence, terrorist career paths, security and intelligence, the media, human rights, policy-making, and global governance. He has participated in many international research projects. A founding member of the editorial board of Terrorism and Political Violence, Professor Crelinsten has published many articles on terrorism and counter-terrorism and related issues.


The Workshop

On March 11th 2005 the Atocha Workshop on Global Terrorism, hosted by the Safe Democracy Foundation, will create a repository of original thinking on Global Terrorism that will continue to be fed weekly in the form of a weblog by creative thinkers on the subject from around the world. The launching event will take place at the Atocha Train Station on March 11th, 2005. It will begin directly after the commemoration ceremonies at the restaurant Samarkanda, and continue until 9pm. Here, in in an atmosphere that will encourage creative thinking, around 400 people will participate as policy proponents, webloggers or as public; all will be engaged in the discussion of the proposed policies.
Preliminary Program >>

The People

The Workshop will bring together journalists, politicians, activists and scholars in the fields of democratic advocacy and terrorism analysis (see full list). We are introducing them by means of One Question Interviews. Anyone can register to the Workshop and participate by asking them further questions, challenging their assumptions or proposing their own alternative ideas.

The Proposals

The general criteria for published ideas in the Atocha Workshop Weblog are that they be original, creative, potentially executable and most important that their implementation would likely lead to a more democratic world. The basic concept of the Worshop is that in politics, as in biology, diversity is needed to fight a threat. Political leaders, when confronted with the problem of global terrorism need a menu of possible responses. From the proceeds of the discussion on the weblog plus the physical event we will offer a series of Policy Proposals.
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The Issues

During the discussion stage we will be working from a series of topics that we will be refining down to ten main issues to be discussed at the physical conference. As you read this, participants in the workshop are already working together to boil them down to 10 from an original working set of 37.


The Atocha Workshop is sponsored by the Safe Democracy Foundation.