European Perspectives on Security Research by Klaus Thoma

By Klaus Thoma

Europe’s networked societies of this present day are formed by means of a starting to be interconnection in just about all parts of lifestyles. The complexity of our infrastructures and the concurrent accessibility to technique of destruction via terrorist teams and person perpetrators demand leading edge defense recommendations. even though, such evolving techniques unavoidably bring up primary questions of shock in our societies. How will we stability the imperatives of securing our voters and infrastructures at the one hand, and of shielding of our sacredly held civil liberties at the different?
The topical community ‘Safety and safeguard’ of acatech – the German Academy of technological know-how and Engineering – invited specialists from the technological know-how academies of varied eu international locations to percentage their views on defense examine and the element of safeguard in the course of a two-day workshop hosted by means of the Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics, Ernst-Mach-Institut in March 2010. This ebook is a compilation of contributions made through the workshop.

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How can this position be reconciled with 51 TOBIAS FEAKIN the public’s distrust of the government and its communicated policies? One of the most pressing issues in the current national security debate is the question of how the government can re-establish public trust in its policies and communications. The answer to this question will be pivotal in making real national security advances in the months to come. Should the government not get it right, it will have to brace for the ‘aftershock’ of an electorate who have little faith in the decisions that it takes.

2 before another noun denoting something designed to prevent injury or damage: a safety barrier In the same way that Josephs Nye’s concepts of ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ power differentiates between methods that require force or coercion and those that require diplomatic action, one can distinguish between the two terms ‘security’ and ‘safety’ in terms of the connotations that the words have. While ‘security’ conjures images of terrorism, policing, intelligence agencies and hard-edged responses, ‘safety’ conveys a more benign, paternal image of the parent that wants to keep its child from harm.

Uk / k/media/comment / t/nss/ s Edwards 2007 Edwards, Charlie: “The case for a national security strategy”. DEMOS Report, London February 2007. 52 UK PERSPECTIVES ON SECURITY IN AN AGE OF ‘SHOCK AND AFTERSHOCK Hobsbawm 1994 Hobsbawm, Eric: Age of Extremes – The Short Twentieth Century 1914-1991. Abacus, London, 1994. HM Government 2009a HM Government: The United Kingdom’s Science and Technology Strategy for Countering International Terrorism. London, UK, 2009. HM Government 2009b HM Government: Countering the Terrorist Threat - Ideas and innovation Countering the terrorist threat - How industry and academia can play their part.

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