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Podcast: All Things Considered: How To Defend Against Terrorism

BBC Radio Wales 5th July & 9th July; iplayer till 3rd August

With the tenth anniversary of the London bombings being marked this week, the man who ran the Metropolitan police at the time made a stark admission.  Lord Blair said he did not believe the west would be able to defeat such extremism in his lifetime.

Meanwhile the defence secretary seeks parliamentary authority to extend to bombing of ISIS targets to Syria, the prime minister speaks of ‘the struggle of our generation’ and the families of 30 British tourists mourn after the massacre on a beach in Tunisia.

What’s at the root of these atrocities?  To what extent is this a religious crisis?  And what can be done to prevent such things happening again?

Major General (retired) Tim Cross, senior British officer responsible for post war planning in Iraq and Anglican lay minister

Dr Jenny Mathers, Head of the International Politics Department, Aberystwyth University

Dr. Usama Hasan, Senior Researcher in Islamic Studies at The Quilliam Foundation, a London counter-terrorism think tank

Angela Graham, writer and documentary film-maker