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International Law, New Diplomacy and Counterterrorism

An interdisciplinary study of legitimacy, 1st Edition

By Steven J. Barela


310 pages

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This interdisciplinary book explores how terrorism is meant to target a government’s legitimacy, and advocates for sounder defensive measures when countering international attacks.

The dramatic increase in global cooperation throughout the twentieth century—between international organisations and their state missions of diplomats, foreign officers, international civil servants, intelligence officers, military personnel, police investigators, judges, legislators, and financial regulators—has had a bearing on the shape and content of the domestic political order. The rules that govern all of these interactions, and the diplomats engaged to monitor and advocate for compliance, have undergone a mushrooming development following the conclusion of each world war. This dramatic growth is arguably the most significant change the international structure has experienced since the inception of the state-based system ushered in with the Peace of Westphalia in 1648.

International Law, New Diplomacy and Counterterrorism explores the impact of this growth on domestic legitimacy through the integration of two disciplines: international law and political philosophy. Focusing particularly on the cross-border counterterrorism actions launched by the United States, the author investigates how civil societies have often turned to the standards of international law to understand and judge the legitimacy of their government’s counterterrorism policies reaching across international borders. The book concludes that those who craft counterterrorism policies must be attentive to defending the target of legitimacy by being wholly mindful of the realms of legality, morality and efficacy when exercising force.

This book will be of much interest to students of international law, diplomacy, counterterrorism, political philosophy, security studies and IR.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Genii of the City 1. Conceptualizing Legitimacy as a Target 2. Counterterrorism, International Law, and a Legitimacy Deficit 3. Through the Lens of Legality: Detention without Judicial Review 4. Through the Lens of Morality: Unjust War and Public Diplomacy 5. Through the Lens of Efficacy: Torture on Suspicion Conclusion: Jeopardizing Legitimacy and the Drone Program

About the Author

Steven J. Barela is an Assistant Professor at the Global Studies Institute and a member of the Law Faculty at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.

About the Series

Routledge New Diplomacy Studies

This new series publishes theoretically challenging and empirically authoritative studies of the traditions, functions, paradigms and institutions of modern diplomacy. Taking a comparative approach, the New Diplomacy Studies series aims to advance research on international diplomacy, publishing innovative accounts of how “old” and 'new' diplomats help steer international conduct between anarchy and hegemony, handle demands for international stability vs. international justice, facilitate transitions between international orders, and address global governance challenges. Dedicated to the exchange of different scholarly perspectives, the series aims to be a forum for inter-paradigm and inter-disciplinary debates, and an opportunity for dialogue between scholars and practitioners.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
LAW / International
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Law Enforcement
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism