1st Edition

Multilateral Counter-Terrorism The global politics of cooperation and contestation

By Peter Romaniuk Copyright 2010
    238 Pages
    by Routledge

    260 Pages
    by Routledge

    Contemporary terrorism is a global phenomenon requiring a globalized response. In this book Peter Romaniuk aims to assess to what extent states seek multilateral responses to the threats they face from terrorists. Providing a concise history and a clear discussion of current patterns of counter-terrorist co-operation, this book:

    • analyses a wide spectrum of institutions from the United Nations and its various bodies to military, intelligence and law enforcement agencies
    • explains the full range of cooperative counter-terrorist activities and the patterns across them, from the use of intelligence and military force to criminal law measures, financial controls and diplomacy
    • examines under what conditions states cooperate to suppress terrorism
    • evaluates how existing international institutions been affected by the US-led "global war on terror," launched after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

    The book contests that the whilst there are several notable examples of successful counterterrorism cooperation, past and present, this work suggests that the broader trend can only be understood if we accept that across the domains of counter-terrorism policy, cooperation often resembles a competition for influence over outcomes.

    Multilateral Counter-terrorism is an essential resource for all students and scholars of international politics, criminology and terrorism studies.

    1. Historical precedents for multilateral counter-terrorism: anti-anarchist cooperation and the League of Nations  2. Multilateral counter-terrorism and the United Nations, 1945-2001  3. Multilateral counter-terrorism and the United Nations after 9/11  4. Multilateral counter-terrorism beyond the UN  5. Multilateral counter-terrorism: today and tomorrow


    Peter Romaniuk is Assistant Professor of Political Science, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, where he is affiliated with the Center on Terrorism

    Peter Romaniuk's volume is a comprehensive and carefully researched portrait of how states work collectively against international terrorism. γ€€It illuminates the possibilities and the limitations of multilateral counterterrorism. γ€€ γ€€γ€€

    Paul R. Pillar Visiting Professor and Director of Studies Security Studies Program, Georgetown University, USA