Terrorism vs. Democracy: The Liberal State Response / Edition 1

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This new, revised and updated edition of Prof. Wilkinson's acclaimed Terrorism Versus Democracy examines the problem of liberal democratic response. It draws some key lessons from the recent experience of democracies, and in particular from the response of the US, and UK and the international community to the horrific events of 9/11.
New chapters attempts a candid interim balance sheet on the success and failures of the War on Terrorism and highlights major dangers which were emphasized in the first edition, such as over-reaction, over-reliance on the use of military force in an effort to suppress terrorism, and the adoption of measures which involve major curtailments of democracy, human rights and the rule of law which could undermine the very democracy one is trying to defend. The author argues that prior to 9/11 the general international response to terrorism was one of inconsistency, confusion and under-reaction. However, at the other extreme, resort to full-scale war in the name of combatingterrorism risks the sacrifice of far greater numbers of innocent lives than have ever been killed in non-state terrorist attacks. All these questions and many others are examined in Terrorism Versus Democracy.

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A sequel to Wilkinson's (1986), this work concentrates on the problems of crafting and carrying out an effective response to terrorism that is both proportionate and compatible with the maintenance of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. Rather than setting out the history of modern terrorism, Wilkinson (director, Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, U. of St. Andrews) draws on events from the past 30 years and identifies emerging trends to extract key lessons on strategies, policies, and measures to prevent and combat terrorism. He concludes that even relatively new and fragile democracies are not helpless in the face of terrorism, and that an appropriate response may effectively prevent or even eradicate terrorist violence. Distributed by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714681658
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Series: Political Violence Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Terrorism, insurgency and asymmetrical conflict 1
2 The emergence of modern terrorism 20
3 Origins and key characteristics of Al Qaeda 39
4 Politics, diplomacy and peace processes : pathways out of terrorism? 49
5 Law enforcement, criminal justice and the liberal state 61
6 The role of the military in combating terrorism 89
7 Hostage-taking, sieges and problems of response 103
8 Aviation security 122
9 The media and terrorism 144
10 International cooperation against terrorism 158
11 The future of terrorism 179
12 Conclusion : towards a response to terrorism based on democratic principles and respect for human rights 192
App. 1 Extract from the report of the secretary-general on measures to eliminate international terrorism 211
App. 2 Select addresses of internet sources on terrorism 214
App. 3 Chronology of Al Qaeda network attacks 216
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