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  • chemical terrorism, including prevention of access by terrorists to dangerous chemicals and application of new technologies for prevention and detection of terrorist incidents and for responses to them

  • electromagnetic terrorism and the prevention of damage to electronic equipment sensitive to electromagnetic effects

  • safety of vulnerable industrial and energy infrastructures and transportation facilities

  • cyberterrorism, including education and training of specialists

  • improvement and harmonization of the international and national legal basis for combating terrorism

  • the social, economic, and ethnic roots of terrorism

In furtherance of the above-mentioned activities, the two committees will commission papers and analyses in specific areas of high priority involving American and Russian specialists with relevant expertise. Likely initial topics will be cyber-, radiological, and biological terrorism.

The committees will consist of up to 10 members each. The chairs and members of the committees will be approved by the U.S. National Academies and the Russian Academy of Sciences. Their activities will be appropriately coordinated with other interacademy activities and with intergovernmental programs.

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