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Terrorism, Instability, and Democracy in Asia and Africa
     

Terrorism, Instability, and Democracy in Asia and Africa

by Dan G. Cox
 

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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

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555537463
Publisher:
Northeastern University Press
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Series:
Northeastern Series on Democratization and Political Development
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
244
File size:
791 KB

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Lester W. Grau
“Terrorism, Instability, and Democracy in Africa and Asia is an original examination of domestic terrorism and international terrorism as distinct phenomena and as an inherent part of some societies. Cox, Falconer, and Stackhouse address the shared mantras of the last two administrations—‘Democracies do not make war on democracies’ and ‘Let a thousand democracies bloom’—and show that Jeffersonian democracy is not an international panacea.”

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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