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Democracy and terror - panel debate at LSE

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) hosts a debate on democracy and terror to mark the first anniversary of the Madrid bombings, on Friday 11 March.

A panel of experts will ask what is the relationship between democracy and terror? How does terrorism transform a society? And how should democracies correctly respond?

This event is organised by the LSESU Grimshaw Club| and openDemocracy.net|. Participating in the debate are:

  • Richard Norton-Taylor, security affairs correspondent at The Guardian for the last 10 years, award winning journalist and playwright.
  • Marcus Gerhardt, expert on civil society in the Middle East, especially regarding the impact of the War on Terror and Iran, and vice president of Civility.
  • Alejandro Colás, Marxist international relations scholar at Birkbeck College and graduate of LSE. Author of books on civil society and empire for Polity Press. Shortly after the Atocha bombing, Alejandro Colás published a famous essay in Radical Philosophy on the need for an internationalist response to terror.
  • Steve Crawshaw, London director of Human Rights Watch, author of books on reconciliation and former foreign affairs correspondent for The Independent.
  • Dominic Hilton, satirist and columnist for openDemocracy.net. His latest piece for openDemocracy on fashionable Anti-Americanism was referenced around the world.

Casper Melville, commissioning editor of openDemocracy.net's 'Democracy and Terror' debate.

Democracy and Terror is on Friday 11 March at 6pm in the New Theatre, East Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.


To request a press seat, contact Amanda Weyler, email: a.g.weyler@lse.ac.uk|, mobile: 07906 582154.


This event is organised by the LSESU Grimshaw Club| and openDemocracy.net| 

8 March 2005