Terrorism, Instability, and Democracy in Asia and Africa [NOOK Book]

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There is a flourishing and growing debate among political scientists regarding the links between democracy/democratization and terrorism. Terrorism, Instability, and Democracy in Asia and Africa takes a regional approach to the issue, focusing on two areas sorely underrepresented in the literature but which grow ever more topical.

Beginning with definitions and a literature review, the authors present and interpret statistical analysis and ...
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Terrorism, Instability, and Democracy in Asia and Africa

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Overview

There is a flourishing and growing debate among political scientists regarding the links between democracy/democratization and terrorism. Terrorism, Instability, and Democracy in Asia and Africa takes a regional approach to the issue, focusing on two areas sorely underrepresented in the literature but which grow ever more topical.

Beginning with definitions and a literature review, the authors present and interpret statistical analysis and case studies of nations in the Horn of Africa; sub-Saharan Africa; and Central, East, South, and Southeast Asia. This is a timely book that will fill a gaping hole in terrorism literature, just as the world is becoming increasingly attuned to domestic, international, and regional terrorist threats emanating from Asia and Africa. Academics, students, and policy experts in the fields of American, Asian, African, and international affairs and terrorism will embrace this crucial volume.
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“The authors explore salient foreign policy questions. Recommended.” —Choice

“Cox and his colleagues test the common wisdom that terrorism is linked to economic deprivation. . . The authors argue that democracy, civilisational differences and poverty are all ‘tied to the main instability theme’ which animates their research. Their focus on Asia and Africa is also a welcome change from most of the terrorism literature which tends to generalise on the basis of terror movements linked to the Middle East.”—Contemporary South Asia

“This volume of thirteen chapters provides a balanced theoretical debater and empirical analysis of terrorism that will be useful for students and scholars, but it is principally aimed at US policy makers crafting counter-terror strategies. A sound methodology is employed.”—Political Studies Review

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Meet the Author

DAN G. COX is associate professor of Political Science for the US Army Command and General Staff College's School of Advanced Military Studies in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He has published previously on the topic of terrorism. JOHN FALCONER is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. BRIAN STACKHOUSE is a major in the U.S. Army who served extensively in Africa. He is an instructor of military science at Missouri Western State University.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Defining Terrorism: The First Step in an Effective International Counterterrorism Strategy
A Clash of Civilizations, the Democratic Peace, the Poverty–Terrorism Nexus, or Regime Instability
Methods Used to Investigate the Causes of Terrorism in Asia and Africa
Analyzing International Terrorism in Asia and Africa
Analyzing Domestic Terrorism in Asia and Africa
Terrorism, Transition, Economic Growth, and Instability in Southeast Asia
East Asia: A Lack of Sustained Terrorism
The Large and Constant Specter of Terrorism in South Asia
Central Asia and the Role of the Soviet Union
Terrorism in Northern Africa
The Terrorist Experience in Sub-Saharan Africa
Conclusion and Policy Prescriptions
Index
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