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War on Terrorism

1st Edition

By Alan O'Day


442 pages

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President George W. Bush maintained in his address of 20 September 2001, that the successful prosecution of the war against terrorism will require the judicious use of 'every resource at our command - every means of diplomacy, every tool of intelligence, every instrument of law enforcement, every financial influence, and every necessary weapon of war'. Unlike the Cold War, the War on Terrorism is neither a battle against some ideology nor bounded by physical boundaries or conventional political units such as nation-states. The War on Terrorism is the internationalisation, or rather, globalisation of previous wars. Terror is not a nation, and the enemies in such wars are not nations; any regime such as Libya simply by repudiating terrorism, can become an ally of the anti-terror coalition. Regimes that continue to practice terrorism against domestic opponents qualify to participate in the wider war if they conform to certain norms in external affairs. The 28 articles reprinted here consider aspects of that most amorphous of animals - the War on Terrorism. They do not set out to provide all of the answers; nor do they radiate a unified vision of what constitutes the war on terrorism; the pieces begin from a range of political and intellectual outlooks. Taken as a group, however, the difficulties of determining the limits and nature of the war on terrorism receive important attention. The authors address several major themes within the war on terrorism: what falls within its perimeters, its shifting manifestations, implications, responses and future directions.


’…[volumes in] The International Library of Essays in Terrorism series published by Ashgate are really superb sources of high quality academic research and provide an invaluable resource for those who may not have time to search for such articles nor have access to the variety of journals within which they are published…essential reading.’ Professional Security '..the strength of the two volumes [The International Library of Essays in Terrorism] lies in the easy access they provide to contributions on a very topical mattter, and, as such, they comprise a handy and useful starting point for both researchers and students.' Journal of Peace Research 'The compilation of articles by the author, on various facets of terrorism provide a wealth of knowledge and pertinent literature on the subject and the related aspect of legal framework, weapons of mass destruction and economic warfare. An excellent addition for the study of war on terrorism.' -Liutenant General Chandra Shekhar, PVSM, AVSM (Retd), U.S.I. Journal, July-September 2006

Table of Contents

Contents; Implications of the American anti-terrorism coalition for global architectures, Amitai Etzioni; Counter-terrorism via counter-proliferation, James J. Wirtz; The struggle against terrorism: grand strategy, strategy, and tactics, Barry R. Posen; An examination of the American response to terrorism: handling the aftermath through crisis intervention, Sophia F. Dziegielewski and Kristy Sumner; Unravelling the 'war' on terrorism: a risk-management exercise in war clothing? Yee-Kuang Heng; The response to terrorism as a threat to liberal democracy, Peter Chalk ; Terrorism and governability in New York City: old problem, new dilemma, Paul Kantor; Dying for 'enduring freedom': accepting responsibility for civilian casualties in the war against terrorism, Nicholas J. Wheeler; Situating the city and September 11th: military urban doctrine, 'pop-up' armies and spatial chess, Robert Warren; Issues of federalism in response to terrorism, John Kincaid and Richard L. Cole; Political geography II: terrorism, modernity, governance and governmentality, Colin Flint; 'Counterterrorism' and conventional military force: the relationship between political effect and utility, Charles T. Eppright; The use of armed force against terrorism: American hegemony or impotence? Walter Gary Sharp Sr; Pragmatic counter-terrorism, Jonathan Stevenson; American grand strategy in the age of terror, G. John Ikenberry; Democratic regimes, internal security policy and the threat of terrorism, Fernando Reinares; The discourse and practice of counter-terrorism in liberal democracies, Ronald D. Crelinsten; Spectres of 'terrorism', Saree Makdisi; Organizing the war on terrorism, William L. Waugh Jr and Richard T. Sylves; Government responses to terrorism: critical views of their impacts on people and public administration, M. Shamul Haque; Perspectives on privacy and terrorism: all is not lost - yet, Robert Gellman; The coming war on terrorism, Lawrence Freedman; Finance warfare as a response to international terrorism, Martin S. Navias; How useful is the economic model of crime in assisting the war against terrorism?, Dorothy Manning; The therapeutic potential of narrative therapy in conflict transformation, Cathie J. Witty; The architecture of government in the face of terrorism, Ashton B. Carter; Military deterrence of international terrorism: an evaluation of Operation El Dorado Canyon, Henry W. Prunckun Jr and Philip B. Mohr; The effectiveness of antiterrorism policies: a vector-autoregression-intervention analysis, Walter Enders and Todd Sandler; Name index.

About the Author

Dr Alan O'Day is a Fellow in Modern History at Greyfriars, University of Oxford, UK.

About the Series

The International Library of Essays in Terrorism

The International Library of Essays in Terrorism
Acts of Terrorism have existed for centuries but since the late 1960s they have become more numerous and wide-ranging, giving terrorism fresh importance in the domestic affairs of countries afflicted and to the international community. Terrorism, or international terrorism, is not a constant but rather an evolving construct, manifesting itself in differing ways over time and in specific geographical contexts. Following the Cold War, terrorism has reared its head in places and in ways that were less common earlier. Presidents Reagon and Clinton in the 1980s and 90s stressed the importance of combating terrorism; President George W. Bush, too, recognised the threat. However, the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on 11 September 2001, followed by incidents elsewhere, notably in Madrid on 11 March 2004, have given impetus to the study of terrorism in academic circles, among journalists and a heightened awareness by the general public. A major problem for rigorous analysis of terrorism has been an absence of readily available, widely disseminated research and serious academic discussion; many valuable articles have appeared in a range of academic and professional periodicals. Often these journals have limited circulations and even the great academic libraries of the western world, do not posses a full complement of articles. Thus the study of terrorism and the ability to offer university options in the field are frequently hampered by the absence of literature. This problem is vastly greater in the many small educational institutions. Even in libraries that do have a large number of the periodicals, the problem of searching out germane articles is demanding and time-consuming. The present series is directed towards providing a partial remedy to this problem. It seeks to provide in a number of volumes, pertinent material for the study and understanding of terrorism, making these available to a wider audience. An important feature of the volumes is that the articles selected are intended to reflect various opinions and to afford a glimpse into the controversies about such matters as the very definition of terrorism, its various dimensions and future prospects.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General