Society and Structures, Proceedings of the International Seminar on Nuclear War and Planetary Emergencies: 27th Session

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Along with the nuclear threat of the Cold War and the environmental threat recognized a few short decades ago, the Seminar now also addresses the terrorist threat, though pointing out that its cost in lives and property is small compared to slaughter during even the recent past but its impact on consciousness huge because it can be viewed by millions of people. The 74 papers look at many aspects each of society and structures, confrontations and countermeasures, and science and technology. They also include reports from the permanent monitoring panel and from workshops on brain and behavioral disease, information security, and Kangaroo Mother Care (which is for human babies of low birth weight). There is no index. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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The Cultural Emergency 3
Smile and Feel Secure, God is with the Believers: Religion and the Capacity for Global Terror 11
The Culture of Terrorism 18
Islam and Modernity: Ideology and Violence in the Middle East 26
Violence and Strategic Choices: The Case of Islamist Militancy 33
Confrontation and Cooperation in South Asia 39
Neutrality and the Arab-Israeli Conflict 49
Science and Technology to Advance Regional Security in the Middle East and Central Asia 54
High-Tech Terrorism - A Rapidly Growing, Global Problem 68
High-Tech Terrorism as an Increasing Global Problem: (originally presented at 21st Session in 1996) 71
Globalization and Culture 77
Defending Against Mass-Casualty Terrorism: Technologies Enabling Strategy and Tactics for Robust Defense 81
Oil Policies and Terror: Getting off Oil 94
Economic Factors of Conflict and Violence: The Economics of Armed Conflict 99
When Is a Superpower Welcome? 111
How Freely Should Money Flow? 115
Combating Terrorism: An Event Tree Approach 122
Towards an Unguided World? 147
Terrorism - Defining the Problem, Assessing the Risk 152
European Security: New Challenges and Perspectives 160
Small Wars - A Challenge for Future Security 166
War for Water? Transboundary Freshwaters: Crisis and Conflicts in the Short Future 172
Limitations of International Treaties on Weapons of Mass Destruction - Escaping the Prison of the Past 177
The Psychology of Terrorism: Fanatical Identities 187
The Psychology of Terrorism 198
Nuclear and Biological Megaterrorism 205
Has Air Power Come of Age? 224
Engaging the Science Community for Homeland Defense 239
Literature Is Language Struggling for More Meaning (Words to Hurt and Words to Heal) 249
Preventing Terrorism - From Reactive to Proactive Strategies 256
Prevention and Mitigation of Terrorist Acts Involving Radioactive Materials
Role and Significance of Scientific Component in the Struggle Against Terrorism 260
Advances in Biotechnology: Safeguarding the Opportunities and Managing the Risks 262
Do We Make Ourselves? 269
Languages at Risk 274
European Science in a Knowledge-Based World (Risks in a Widening Europe in a Narrowing World) 284
Exposure to Very Low Doses of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) During Fetal Life Permanently Alters Brain Development and Behavior in Animals and Humans 293
Long Term Stewardship of Radioactive and Chemical Contamination 309
The Carbon Cycle and Anthropogenic Climate Change 327
The Climate Changes in China Related to Global Warming 340
Four Billion Years of the Carbon Cycle: What's the Message for Us? 344
Sandy Desertification in North China 359
The Expanding Global Problem of Harmful Algal Blooms 372
Video Conference 394
The Impacts of Harmful Algal Events 398
The Human Genome Project: Its Impact on Complex Human Disorders 407
Progress in Understanding Neurodegenerative Diseases
Language, Logic and Science 413
Society and Structures Working Group A: Culture, Ideology, Human Rights, Freedom and Democracy 431
Society and Structures Working Group B: Economy, National and Regional Geopolitical Issues 432
Confrontation and Countermeasures Working Group 436
Mother and Child Permanent Monitoring Panel: Manifesto 441
Report by Permanent Monitoring Panel on Missile Proliferation and Defense 443
Limits of Development Permanent Monitoring Panel Report 445
World Federation of Scientists/Permanent Monitoring Panel on Information Security 449
Meeting of the Permanent Monitoring Panel on Defense Against Floods and Unexpected Meteorological Events 450
Water; Climate; Ozone and Greenhouse Effects; and Desertification 454
Pollution Permanent Monitoring Panel 456
Report of the Energy Permanent Monitoring Panel 459
Minutes of Desertification Permanent Monitoring Panel 467
Unravelling the Mysteries of Schizophrenia: Advances from Genetic Studies 471
Genetics of Substance Dependence 484
Huntington Disease and Other CAG Repeat Disorders 491
Dementia from Brain Vascular Disease: The Silent Epidemic 494
Noncognitive Symptoms of Dementia: Rigor and Relevance 524
Can We Find Genes for Common Disorders? 533
Neuropathology at the Crossroads of Neuropsychiatry and Genetics: New Insights into Neuroserpin Encephalopathy 550
The Genetics and Epidemiology and Multiple Sclerosis 568
Alzheimer Disease: Genes and Environment; The Value of International Studies 586
Genetics and the Global Health Burden of Mood Disorders 599
Violence and Violent Conflicts: Views from Affective Neuroscience 613
The Genetics of Alzheimer Disease 631
Tau Gene Mutations in Frontotemporal Dementia and Parkinsonism Linked to Chromosome 17 647
Psychiatric Disorders as Vectors for HIV and Other Behaviorally Transmitted Infectious Epidemics 660
Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease and Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy: Current Status 668
Neuropsychiatric Aspects of Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease 674
New Forms of Confrontation: Cyber-Terrorism and Cyber-Crime 685
A Tool for the Follow-up of Your Kangaroo Mother Care: Baby from Birth to One Year of Corrected Age 691
Seminar Participants 705
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