Arutz Sheva attended the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism’s (ICT) 15th International Conference: World Summit on Counter-Terrorism, which addresses the terrorism challenges currently faced by the international community.
This year’s theme for the conference is the shifting sands of terrorism. In particular, speakers will explore the progression of the terrorist threat in the face of an evolving environment and a growing diversity of terrorist actors. The conference will also discuss how counter-terrorism policy and strategy can best address this elusive threat.
At the conference, we met Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn, Specialist Operations at the New South Wales Police Force in Australia, a country which has dealt with the threat of radicalization.
The title of the conference, “shifting sands”, is appropriate for Australia because “we’ve seen so many changes, and I think that one of the most important things that we’ve seen is that we need to collaborate,” she said.
That collaboration, Burn said, needs to happen on an international level in order “to make sure that we are in the best position to be able to prevent terrorism and, if we can’t prevent it, that we’re prepared and able to respond.”
“Terrorism is crime,” she continued, “so we have to always keep that in our mind and treat it as a crime. Within that, though, there are different motivations” and the motivation when it comes to terrorism would be different than other types of crimes, added Burn.
“We’re dealing with people who have a violent extremist ideology, and where that comes from and the root causes of that are so complicated, and I don’t think anybody has really got a handle on all of that,” she admitted, “but I think that this is one area where we can collaborate better.”
She noted that Israeli experts have visited Australia in the past and gave lectures on a wide variety of subjects, “so it’s nice to come back here and enhance those relationships, because, as I said, we can’t do this alone.”