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ASU's Elaine Jordan discusses global terrorism, its causes and prevention

November 09, 2006

Arizona State University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute presents “Global Terrorism: Its Causes, Uses and Prevention” featuring ASU’s Elaine Jordan. The lecture is scheduled for Nov. 13 at the Chaparral Center in Sun City Grand.

“It is important to understand the nature and reasoning of terrorism, because global terrorism influences much of the politics in today’s world,” said Jordan. “Terrorism is a method, a tactic. It is not an ideology or religion or philosophy.”

Jordan’s lecture will examine the definitions of global terrorism, underlying social, political and economic causes, its use as a political tool, its manifestations in the world, and measures to be taken for its prevention. She will also analyze the aims and activities of various terrorist organizations or individuals, especially al-Qaeda, and consider the measures adopted by individual nation states and the international community in response.

Jordan is a Professor of Political Science at ASU. She completed her doctorate in international relations, specializing in security and international political economics. Jordan was developing a specialty in global terrorism at the time of the 9/11 attacks and has participated in panels and seminars dealing with that subject. In addition to her course on terrorism, she also teaches various political science classes for ASU.

This lecture is one of more than 90 classes and lectures being offered in the Sun City communities this fall. For registration and class information, call the local ASU Lifelong Learning Academy office at Sun City Grand (623) 546-7429 — or visit online at:

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Arizona State University provides stimulating, university-quality learning experiences for older adults with a wide variety of educational backgrounds and interests who are interested in learning for the joy of learning. Noncredit short courses, lectures, travel opportunities, and workshops taught by ASU faculty, emeritus faculty and talented community volunteers are offered at ASU campuses and community sites throughout the Phoenix metro area.