Urbanisation

Cities – usually engines of growth, progress, and personal freedom – and their citizens have become vulnerable targets of terrorism. How do security threats affect communities and social cohesion in cities? Are there common approaches to respond to such threats, be it in Paris, London, Berlin, or any other city?

Next year could be the most consequential for Europe since the Berlin Wall fell, or maybe even since the end of World War II. It is no exaggeration to say that the European Union's future lies in the balance.

Amb. Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference and Senior Professor for Security Policy and Diplomatic Practice at the Hertie School of Governance, for TIME Magazine

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Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft
Christiane Timmerhaus
Project Manager

 

T. +49 (0)172 619 52 28
christiane.timmerhaus@db.com

Partner

The event is organised in cooperation with the Munich Security Conference and LSE Cities.

Event details and links

17 Februar 2017, 9.00 to 10.30 p.m.
Tresor @H‘Ugo’s
Promenadeplatz 1-3
80333 Munich

 

Munich Security Conference 2017 -
Day 1 Video Summary
Youtube link here

Strengthening civic traditions is most promising in preventing cities from becoming breeding grounds for radicalization and terrorism.

In the context of this year’s Munich Security Conference (MSC), Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft (AHG), LSE Cities and MSC jointly organised a side event on urban security issues on Friday evening, February 17, 2017. In an informal and intimate atmosphere, participants of the Munich Security Conference, leading security experts, political decision-makers and experts from academia and civil society discussed a shift in politics in increasingly complex urban settings.

Moderator Ricky Burdett, Professor of Urban Studies at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and Director of LSE Cities, hosted the panel with Professor Mary Kaldor, Director of the Centre for Global Governance at the LSE, Alaa Murabit, Founder and President, ‘The Voice of Libyan Women’, Arndt Freiherr Freytag von Loringhoven, Assistant Secretary General for Intelligence and Security, NATO, and Arvind Gupta, Indian Deputy National Security Adviser.

The guiding questions at the outset of the discussion were: What makes cities resilient? How can authorities work together to respond to the broad risk spectrum of threats? What is the role of technology in all this?

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In her welcoming remarks, AHG’s Executive Director Anna Herrhausen referred to the notion of the cities as “places of intellectual emancipation, of cultural diversity, of economic opportunity”, but she also pointed to the flipside of cities’ success story: “More often they are also places of extreme inequality, of poverty, of war even. Cities – or better, the civilians that live in them – are easy targets for those groups who disagree with the mostly liberal values that are championed in them.”

Professor Kaldor explained that “new wars” are increasingly fought in cities as opposed to on battlefields. Accordingly, civilians, not soldiers, become targets; civilians’ forced displacement becomes a means to achieve political wins.

The panelists tentatively agreed that in conflict zones, a possible path towards more security could be to build on urban capabilities and the civic tradition that is rooted in urban life. Interventions such as zones and checkpoints, on the other hand, proved to be less effective – if not counterproductive. Strengthening civic traditions was also seen as most promising in preventing cities from becoming breeding grounds for radicalization and terrorism.

Further information

Contact

Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft
Christiane Timmerhaus
Project Manager

 

T. +49 (0)172 619 52 28
christiane.timmerhaus@db.com

Partner

The event is organised in cooperation with the Munich Security Conference and LSE Cities.

Event details and links

17 Februar 2017, 9.00 to 10.30 p.m.
Tresor @H‘Ugo’s
Promenadeplatz 1-3
80333 Munich

 

Munich Security Conference 2017 -
Day 1 Video Summary
Youtube link here