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Left of the Boom

By Matthew Harwood


Nongovernmental Organizations.
Despite the U.S. government’s broad strategies for countering IEDs at home and abroad, Morris of the Global Campaign Against IEDs believes the U.S. government must do more. In an effort to put more pressure on the Obama administration, Morris has been circulating a letter on Capitol Hill calling for the U.S. government to lead a global effort in cooperation with private nongovernmental organizations like his.

As of June, 93 congressmen had signed onto the letter urging the Obama administration to designate a federal agency to lead the global fight against IEDs. With the help of organizations like the Global Campaign Against IEDs, Morris sees the United States as helping other nations address the root causes of IED networks—such as inequality, government corruption, and human rights abuses—while “promoting the exchange of IED-related lessons learned, best practices, and alert and reporting techniques.” The letter also advocates introducing a United Nations resolution calling on all nations to prosecute IED offenders and adopt regulations that make it harder to construct homemade bombs.

Governments cannot solve this problem by military strategies alone, says Morris. That’s why the campaign’s letter stresses that the United States and all governments should work with nongovernmental humanitarian organizations to help educate people about the threat and immorality of IEDs.

“Although they are key partners in any solution, more government is not a viable solution either in the U.S. or internationally,” Morris says. “Domestically, we need a public-private solution that leverages all the great work being done in communities—such as antigang programs in schools and community policing strategies—that not only engages communities but enables them to solve the root causes they deal with every day.”
 

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