Countries should invest in security while safeguarding basic human rights : Dr. Benedetta Berti, foreign policy and security researcher, analyst, consultant, author and lec
Updated on: 26 Nov 2015
Dr. Benedetta Berti believes each country should invest in security while keeping in line with safeguarding basic human rights and freedoms.
Acts of terrorism are scarring the soil of almost every nation. Men, women and children are falling prey to religious warfare. Art, culture and freedom of expression are being threatened by zealots. There are only a few who can make sense of this chaos, and fewer still are as qualified and recognised as Dr. Benedetta Berti, who is slated to speak at TedxGateway in Mumbai on December 5, 2015. With a focus on human security and internal conflicts, she is a foreign policy and security researcher, analyst, consultant, author and lecturer. A recipient of Order of the Star of Italy (order of Knighthood), Benedetta Berti is currently a fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), a TED Fellow and a lecturer at Tel Aviv University. She also works as a human security and foreign policy consultant for political risk consulting firms, NGOs, international organisations as well as governments.
Here, in an interview with iamin, Benedetta Berti talks about terror, and the world struggling with security and post-conflict peace.
Following the Paris attack, do you think global terror now has a pattern?
The Paris attack is worrisome to many because it shows the group is investing in fighting the 'far enemy'; in other words it has stepped up its efforts to attack its enemies abroad. The pattern of the attack is also worrisome because it shows a higher level of organisation and sophistication than the Charlie Hebdo one. The focus on targeting soft targets and on mass civilian casualties is also concerning and, seemingly, part of an emerging pattern.
The foreign policy of one nation may lead to internal conflict in another.