This book investigates counterterrorism responses from a strategic-culturalist perspective, focusing on France and Italy in the post-9/11 era.
Terrorism occupies a predominant space within contemporary political debate across all European countries. Recent attacks in Europe have raised many questions about the status of counterterrorism structures within European countries, revealing a wide range of practical as well as discursive security implications. This work provides an original contribution to the understanding of counterterrorism by asking how values, norms, and a shared sense of identity matter in policy dynamics. It explores and assesses which cultural elements are relevant for the fight against terrorism and investigates the impact which these elements can have on practical approaches to terrorism. Despite the current attention to terrorist attacks in Europe, the cases of France and Italy in counterterrorism affairs are particularly overlooked by the existing literature; this book analyses, questions, and examines the strategy of these two countries through the instruments offered by the culturalist approaches to strategy.
This book will be of much interest to students of terrorism studies, discourse analysis, European politics, security studies, and international relations in general.
Table of Contents
Part I 1.Introduction 2. Dealing with terrorism: perspectives, questions, and the role of cultural factors Part II 3. France and terrorism: history and policy solutions of a long-standing transnational threat 4. France and strategic culture: a demonstrative politics against terrorism Part III 5. Italy and terrorism: the history of an ambitious safe-approach 6. Italy and strategic culture: multilateral forces and a human regard in counterterrorism Part IV 7. A culturally shaped counterterrorism? 8. Conclusions
Silvia D’Amato is currently the Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute and adjunct faculty at the James Madison University ( Florence Campus). She has a PhD from the Institute of Humanities and Social Science of the Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy.