1st Edition

Deterring International Terrorism and Rogue States US National Security Policy after 9/11

By James H. Lebovic Copyright 2007
    244 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    240 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This new study challenges the widely held view that many current US adversaries cannot be deterred, maintaining that deterrence is not a relic of the Cold War period and that it should shape US policies toward so-called ‘rogue states’ and terror groups.

    James Lebovic argues that deterrence principles continue to apply, and focuses upon the ‘three pillars’ of the Bush administration’s national security policy:

    • missile defence, which preoccupied the administration until September 11, 2001
    • pre-emption, which became the US focus with the September 11 attacks and US success in overthrowing the Taliban regime in Afghanistan
    • homeland security, which the administration has portrayed as more a natural response to threat than an aspect of policy that must be reconciled with the other pillars.

    Deterring International Terrorism and Rogue States asserts that bad offences and defences have been endemic to the current US policy approach, leading US policy makers to pursue policies that require them to do everything without adequate concern for resource trade-offs, overreach, and unintended consequences.

    This book will be of great interest to students of US foreign policy, national and international security, terrorism and international relations in general.

    1. Introduction: The Contemporary Debate  2. Viewing the Present Through the Past  3. On the Offensive Against Rogue States: Denial and Punishment Strategies  4. A Defensive-Denial Strategy Against Rogue States: National Missile Defence  5. On the Offensive Against Terrorists: Denial and Punishment Strategies  6. A Defensive-Denial Strategy Against Terrorists: Homeland Security  7. The Strengths and Limits of Deterrence 


    James H. Lebovic

    'Recent literature on terrorism and so-called “rogue” proliferation states is vast, and James Lebovic’s book stands out among the very finest for its original arguments, richly documented presentation, and engaging and thought-provoking discussion.  There is much to learn from this thoroughly researched study that should make it an essential addition to the literature on U.S. foreign policy, terrorism, proliferation, and general strategic studies of deterrence in the post-9/11 world.'
    Vesna Danilovic, University at Buffalo, SUNY, USA