This study examines two important questions regarding terrorism and political violence: which threats to human security constitute root causes for collective violence and which adequate responses for these root causes are available to the international community.
The responses are examined on the basis of international law, in particular human rights law, and within the concept of human security, with the goal of fostering a long-term reduction in political violence. Drawing on existing political discussions and research about the root causes of terrorism, Zwitter develops a legal framework for the application of legal terrorism prevention tools. This study serves as a framework of action and analysis using concepts and particularly legal frameworks which are already broadly or universally recognized to increase the applicability of the framework without having to invent new legal regimes. In doing so it makes use of the concept of human security for tackling breeding grounds and other facilitators of terrorism making it universally accessible.
Combining social science research with legal sociology and international law, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of politics, international relations, security studies, conflict studies and law.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction Part 1: Theories 2. Working Definition of Human Security 3. An International Legal Perspective on Prevention of Terrorism and Human Security 4. Human Security Measurement 5. A Root Cause Approach for Political Violence 6. Ideology and the Mobilization of Terrorism 7. Capabilities and Opportunities: From Terrorism to Conflict Part 2: Application 8. Overview of Action by the UN on Terrorism Prevention 9. Humanitarian Aid's Constrains of Adressing Root Causes 10. The Comprehensive Root Cause Approach - Application of the Framework Developed 11. Conclusion Appendices
Andrej Zwitter is Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations and International Organisation, University of Groningen, the Netherlands.