Given the fact that the Islamic State’s June 2014 announcement of a ‘caliphate’ is not empty rhetoric anymore, the Keynote Speaker and the Representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Valentin Dumitru began its opening statement at the Joint Session of the Counter-Terrorism and Crisis Committees by outlining some basic aspects of ISIS. Also, several possible solutions to the fight against non-state actors have been tackled.
After outlining the importance of correctly addressing the new type of threats, such as the non-state actors and transnational terrorism, the speaker reiterated the fact that we should not perceive the terrorism phenomenon as a sectarian war, but to address it as a whole and give the same amount of attention in each part of the world it strikes.
Having been designated with one of the toughest topics concerning the current state of affairs, the Counter-Terrorism Committee has promptly began its mission, and that is to come up with solutions for restraining ISIS. After reaffirming their top priorities and their openness of further cooperation during the first tour de table, the Delegations outlined the importance of correctly and profoundly understanding the threat nowadays.
With the latest terrorist attacks in Brussels, Ankara and Paris and with Syria’s current state of affairs in mind, there comes the question: How can ISIS be stopped? Cutting down the root of their financing, the recruiting processes, sending ground troops, supporting the local forces to improve their fighting capabilities, cooperation along the international community have been some of the solutions pointed out.
However, finding all the necessary solutions to the problem is only the first step. The delegates didn’t have any problems being creative, but different cultures have different perspectives on common goals. Some choose to promote hard power policies opposing the ones who have a softer approach.
The key of success for the Counter Terrorism Committee will be to discover the perfect balance between a military alternative and a diplomatic one. Can the delegates find the strength to put aside their own view on this situation and make the world a better place for tomorrow?
By Andreea Turcu, Florina Crîngea, Victor Păun
CTC Press Officers