Democracy and Counterterrorism Lessons from the Past

ISBN-10: 1929223935
ISBN-13: 9781929223930
Edition: 2006
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Description: Combating terrorism is nothing new for democracies. Over the course of decades, a wide range of democratic states has encountered an array of terrorist groups???and, moreover, has often prevailed against them. As this timely and stimulating volume  More...

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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: United States Institute of Peace Press (USIP Press)
Publication date: 1/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 481
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.244
Language: English

Combating terrorism is nothing new for democracies. Over the course of decades, a wide range of democratic states has encountered an array of terrorist groups???and, moreover, has often prevailed against them. As this timely and stimulating volume makes clear, the United States can learn much from fellow democracies to help it in its current war against al Qaeda and affiliated groups. "Democracy and Counterterrorism" offers unparalleled breadth in its comparative study of the policies, strategies, and instruments employed in the fight against terrorism. The distinguished contributors???some scholars, some practitioners, and all renowned experts???examine no fewer than fourteen cases, featuring thirteen states and sixteen major terrorist groups. Each case study includes a brief overview, a detailed analysis of the policies and techniques that the government employed, and an assessment of which measures proved most effective and instructive. The substantial conclusion draws together common threads from the individual cases and asks what lessons their collective experience can offer to the democracies now battling al Qaeda and the global jihadists. Among the answers sure to interest policymakers as well as academics is that the constraints within which democracies must fight terrorism are actually a source of strength; democratic governments that seek simply to obliterate terrorism by force usually succeed only in making their problems worse.

Robert J. Art is Christian A. Herter Professor of International Relations at Brandeis University. He is the author of The TFX Decision: McNamara and the Military and coeditor of The United States and Coercive Diplomacy (with Patrick Cronin) and U.S. Foreign Policy: the Search for a New Role (with Seyom Brown).

Introduction : democracy and counterterrorism : lessons from the past
The red brigades
Britain and the IRA
Cenfronting ethnonationalist terrorism in Spain : political and coercive measures against ETA
France and the GIA
Venezuela : the FALN-FLN
"Terror in the name of Mao" : revolution and response in Peru
Colombia and the FARC : failed attempts to stop violence and terrorism in a weak state
Israel, Hamas, and Fatah
Israel and the Lebanese Hizballah
Turkey and the PKK : a Pyrrhic victory?
Russia and Chechnya
Countering terrorist movements in India : Kashmir and Khalistan
Sri Lanka and the liberation tigers of Tamil Eelam
Japan and Aum Shinrikyo
Conclusion

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