December 22, 2009 - 12:00am
Last summer Antoinette Wilson (IPS ‘09) interned for the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in Washington D.C., a research center that specializes counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency policies. She had the opportunity to research and edit academic articles, organize panel discussions, and compose daily “weather reports” on terrorism events worldwide.
At one panel discussion about Turkey's counter-terrorism policies towards the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Antoinette explored the issue from both the security and conflict resolution lenses:
"We had speakers from both sides of the political theory spectrum. One side emphasized the human and civil rights violations against the Kurdish people, and the other focused on the terrorist activities of the PKK organization. People from both sides admit that there should be a comprehensive solution. Most of the people who attended the panel brought to light more questions than solutions. The security field and conflict resolution field need to work together to solve the problem."
This experience inspired Antoinette, already an expert on the role of terrorism networks in Europe, to expand her knowledge of global terrorism issues.