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How can democracies deal with ISIS threat?

Paris has been victim of a bombing attack by the Islamic State (ISIS) just days after a bombing in Beirut, Lebanon, and a Russian passenger jet was downed over Egypt after Moscow launched air strikes in Syria, targeting ISIS.

Terror attacks and the issue of leadership

In a special discussion with Stephen Grootes on the Midday Report, Wits Professor of Politics Daryl Glaser, and Daily Maverick editor Brooks Spector spoke about the impact of ISIS on democracies.

Listen to the conversation below:

It looks like we are being pushed unwillingly into an area of compromise – in an effort to root out people who pose physical harm. I don’t know how societies will deal with this, but it is a concern.

Brooks Spector, Editor of The Daily Maverick

This is where leadership is necessary. Leaders need to separate themselves from the emotional fray. Over longer haul, a political solution of some kind is needed… which will involve the West playing a lesser role in the Islamic region. In the short run, there are no easy answer.

Daryl Glaser, Professor of Politics at Wits University

Latest on terror attacks

In the latest news, French police have reportedly seized a rocket launcher and arrested five people in the city of Lyon as part of a wave of raids.

A minute of silence was set to be observed across Europe on Monday as the continent remembers the victims of Friday's deadly Paris attacks.

Listen to a report by EWN correspondent, Andrew Bassone below:

What is driving ISIS?

702's John Robbie on Monday spoke to a research fellow at the Afro Middle East Centre - Focusing on Islam Militant Groups, Omar Shaukat, about this matter. Shaukat spoke about how ISIS moved from being a regional threat to a global threat.

Listen to the conversation below:


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