Table Talks is a series of engaging discussion-starters designed to help teachers and parents discuss terrorism and its related issues. It covers a series of interesting and engaging topics, many of which are not accurately discussed and difficult to find in a concise and clear manner. The Table Talks are not meant to be an all-encompassing “lecture” or “handbook” for each topic, but rather a way to help you start a conversation about these issues, be it in the classroom or at home. More detailed information about many of these topics can be found throughout the platform.
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What is terrorism?
A brief introduction to terrorism and all its facets. Delve into scenarios, case studies, and interesting facts about the realities of terrorism.
WHO ARE THEY?
Common questions and misconceptions about who terrorists truly are. This looks at individuals who the public considers to be terrorists, and why others may or may not be considered terrorists.
WHAT ARE WE DOING AGAINST THEM?
The United States has taken significant action to protect the public, but what are these actions and what do they mean?
Why are they doing it?
Take a quick look into some of the different terrorist groups and the motives behind their actions.
Media and terrorism
The relationship between the media and terrorism can be very confusing. One would think that the media is anti-terrorist consistently, but it is not always that simple.
Here, understand how terrorists and civilians can cross paths online, and how terrorists are using the internet in ways never seen before.
Ideas & Ideologies
This Table Talk discusses the beginnings of terrorism and how the ideologies of groups tend to spark. Is there a set way for groups to start? Are there real differences in ideologies between groups?
Deeming a human to be ‘radicalized’ is not a cut and dry concept. The process of individual radicalization is very complex. Most presume all terrorists are radicalized, but is this always the case? Maybe not.
Disengagement & Deradicalization
The US and other countries often try to counter terrorism by deradicalizing terrorists. Learn the differences between disengagement and deradicalization and ways both of these processes can be successful.
To convince someone to join in a terrorist attack or group can be difficult, however it happens every day. Learn how groups attempt to recruit people and the tactics that have worked time and time again.
Grounded in traditional values and reluctance to change, right-wing extremists seek to maintain the status-quo that has empowered them.
Most commonly seen during the hippy movement in the mid to late 1900's in America, left wing terrorist groups stop at no cost to achieve a utopian society. Learning from the teachings of Karl Marx, left wing extremist strive for a social uprising.
The role of religion in terrorism is undeniable. Many believe Islam is the only religion that has sprouted terrorist networks, however that claim proves to be untrue. This Table Talk looks into the beliefs, justifications, and more about "holy" terrorism.
Ethnicity has bound people together for centuries, however barriers (figurative and literal) are sometimes in the way. Take a look into the "second wave" of terrorism and the ethnic struggle that incited the likes of the IRA and Tamil Tigers.
Environment + Animal
One of the more peculiarly forms of extremism, the earth and its animals have been a driving force of terror group for decades. Where is the line between terrorism and activism?
State sponsored terrorism can come in many shapes, sizes, and forms. From turning a blind eye to actively engaging themselves, can a government also be a terrorist?