The Department of State's Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism and the Council on Foreign Relations co-sponsored a counterterrorism conference June 16 in Washington, D.C. On June 17-18, the Department of State hosted foreign delegates for intergovernmental sessions of the conference, which included expert panel discussions and a simulation exercise. The conference had three objectives: to promote international cooperation against terrorism; to share information on terrorist groups and countermeasures; and to discuss policy choices. Representatives from 22 nations in the Middle East, South Asia, Central Asia, Europe, and Canada were invited to participate.
Among the topics discussed were: the political, religious, and sociological roots of terrorism in South Asia and the Middle East; the threat from religious extremists to governments and regional stability; media coverage of terrorist incidents, U.S. domestic and international counterterrorism efforts and antiterrorism assistance programs; and counterterrorism approaches by other countries. The participants also took part in two panel exercises conducted by crisis management training experts.
Conferences such as this one are an important component of overall U.S. counterterrorism policy and greatly enhance the ability of the international community to counter the worldwide terrorist threat.
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