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fundamentally important for success in the struggle against terrorism. Terrorism has now become one of the main threats to the security of the Russian Federation. In order to improve the effectiveness of counterterrorist activities, we must make a timely analysis of the experience amassed by other countries, specifically the United States, in the struggle against terrorism. In this regard, the recommendations on countering terrorism developed by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the 9-11 Commission) may be of practical interest. They are outlined in the final report published by the commission in July 2004 on the results of its almost two years of work. The urgent need to analyze the recommendations and conclusions of this national counterterrorist commission and the forms of organization of its work are heightened in connection with the activities of the Russian Commission of Representatives of Both Chambers of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on Investigating the Terrorist Act in Beslan.

The nature of the debates regarding preliminary information on the commission’s work indicates that answers along the lines of “Who is to blame?” or “Why did such a thing become possible?” are less pressing for the public than answers to the questions “What must be changed?” and “How can we prevent it?” We hope that the conclusions and recommendations will promote a successful resolution of the specific issues facing Russia.

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