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Debating Terrorism and Counterterrorism Conflicting Perspectives on Causes, Contexts, and Responses

ISBN-10: 0872899616
ISBN-13: 9780872899612
Edition: 2008
Authors: Stuart Gottlieb
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Description: With original contributions from some of the most prominent academics and professionals on terrorism and counterterrorism, Stuart Gottlieb&BAD:rsquo;s debate-style reader will compel your students to wrestle with the conflicting perspectives that  More...

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Book details

List price: $44.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: CQ Press
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 395
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

With original contributions from some of the most prominent academics and professionals on terrorism and counterterrorism, Stuart Gottlieb&BAD:rsquo;s debate-style reader will compel your students to wrestle with the conflicting perspectives that define the field. Unlike other volumes in which readings talk past one another, Debating Terrorism and Counterterrorism features brief paired &BAD:ldquo;pro&BAD:rdquo; and &BAD:ldquo;con&BAD:rdquo; essays written specifically for the book that directly address the urgent questions surrounding terrorism. The essays address both theoretical questions and pragmatic concerns including: How significant a threat is nuclear terrorism? Is poverty a root cause of terrorism? Is suicide terrorism an effective tactic? Does Islam play a unique role in religious terrorism? Can the spread of democracy defeat terrorism? Must security come at the expense of civil liberties? An incisive introduction and useful chapter headnotes from the editor provide students with necessary context and prepare them to read each argument critically, allowing them to understand the past, present, and future of terrorism and counterterrorism.

Stuart Gottlieb teaches at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where he is also an affiliate of the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies. His courses and research focus on American foreign policy, counterterrorism, and international security. He formerly served as a senior foreign policy adviser and speechwriter in the United States Senate (1999-2003), and continues to advise and consult on issues related to foreign policy and terrorism.Gottlieb received his Ph.D. in international relations from Columbia University, and is an adjunct professor at New York University's graduate politics program.

Foreword
"First ... correctly identify the enemy ..."
Contributors
Preface
Debating Terrorism
Is the "New Terrorism" Really New?
No: The "new terrorism" of al-Qaeda is not so new
Yes: Al-Qaeda is an example of a "new terrorism"
Does Poverty Serve as a Root Cause of Terrorism?
No: Poverty is a weak causal link
Yes: Poverty is an important cause
Can Terrorism Ever Be Justified?
No: Terrorist violence is never justified
Yes: Terrorism is a just tool of the weak
Does Islam Play a Unique Role in Modern Religious Terrorism
Yes: Islam has a unique impact on modern terrorism
No: Islam itself is not the problem in the current wave of global terrorism
Is Suicide Terrorism an Effective Tactic?
Yes: Suicide terrorism is a pragmatic choice
NO: Suicide terrorism rarely achieves its goals
Is Nuclear Terrorism a Real Threat?
Yes: The threat is very real
No: The threat is overblown
Debating Counterterrorism
Counterterrorism Strategies: Do We Need Bombs over Bridges?
No: There is a need to focus more on building bridges
Yes: More creative military strategies are needed
Can Spreading Democracy Help Defeat Terrorism?
No: Democracy promotion is problematic as a counterterrorism priority
Yes: Promoting democracy can combat terrorism
Can the United Nations Make a Difference in Fighting Terrorism?
No: The UN is limited in its ability to play a role
Yes: The UN has vital roles to play in countering terrorism
Is an Outright Ban the Best Way to Eliminate or Constrain Torture?
Yes: Torture violates U.S. and international law and should never be allowed
No: There is a need to bring an unfortunate practice within the bounds of law
Counterterrorism and the Constitution: Does Providing Security Require a Trade-Off with Civil Liberties?
Yes: The United States needs to reasonably limit civil liberties and bolster executive powers
No: Respecting civil liberties and preventing executive overreach are critical to preserving America's security and its ideals
Conclusion: Is the Threat of Terrorism Being Overstated?
Yes: The threat of terrorism is overblown and more manageable than suspected
No: The threat is profound and will remain so for some time

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