This book aims to improve understanding of the broad trends in the utilisation of political violence by examining the use of state terror in world politics.
The ending of the Cold War and the overthrow of communism in Eastern Europe led many to assume that this presaged the demise of the one-party terror regime and acceptance of Western concepts of democracy, freedom and human rights throughout the international system. But of course this did not end state terror. The totalitarian one-party state still exists in North Korea and China, and there are numerous military regimes and other forms of dictatorship where the use of terror techniques for internal control is routine.
The late Professor Paul Wilkinson conceived and began this project with the intention of analysing the major types of international response to state terror, as well as their outcomes and their wider implications for the future of international relations. In keeping with this original premise, the contributors explore the history of terrorism, as well as reflecting on the need for international cooperation based on the protection of civilians and a consistent approach to intervention in conflict situations.
This book will be of much interest to students of terrorism studies, political violence, human rights, genocide, and IR in general.
Dedication Bruce Hoffman Foreword Louise Richardson 1. Introduction Alison Watson 2. Regime Terror as a Political Weapon in Modern History Tim Wilson 3. Concept and Typology of Regime Terror Brian M. Jenkins 4. Trends in the use of Terror by States since the end of the Cold War Neil G. Bowie 5. Obstacles to International Action against State Terror in the post-Cold War international system Peter Lehr & Javier Argomaniz 6. The Case of Saddam Hussein’s Terror against the Kurds and the International Response Michael Boyle 7.Indonesian Terror against East Timor separatists and the International Response Brenda and James Lutz 8.Terror in Rwanda in 1994 and the Failure of International Response Richard Chasdi 9. Towards a More Effective International Response to State Terror, based on Democratic Principles and the Protection of Human Rights Conor Gearty 10. Thinking about State Terror: In Conclusion Orla Lynch & Gilbert Ramsay
This book series contains sober, thoughtful and authoritative academic accounts of terrorism and political violence. Its aim is to produce a useful taxonomy of terror and violence through comparative and historical analysis in both national and international spheres. Each book discusses origins, organisational dynamics and outcomes of particular forms and expressions of political violence.