Monsters to Destroy: Understanding the War on Terror

Monsters to Destroy: Understanding the War on Terror

by Navin A. Bapat


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Terrorism kills far fewer Americans annually than automobile accidents, firearms, or even lightning strikes. Given this minimal risk, why does the U.S. continue expending lives and treasure to fight the global war on terror? In Monsters to Destroy, Navin A. Bapat argues that the war on terror provides the U.S. a cover for its efforts to expand and preserve American control over global energy markets. To gain dominance over these markets, the U.S. offered protection to states critical in the extraction, sale, and transportation of energy from their "terrorist" internal and external enemies. However, since the U.S. was willing to protect these states in perpetuity, the leaders of these regimes had no incentive to disarm their terrorists. This inaction allowed terrorists to transition into more powerful and virulent insurgencies, leading the protected states to chart their own courses and ultimately break with U.S. foreign policy objectives. Bapat provides a sweeping look at how the loss of influence over these states has accelerated the decline of U.S. economic and military power, locking it into a permanent war for its own economic security.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190061463
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 12/06/2019
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Navin A. Bapat is Professor of Political Science and the Chair of the Curriculum of Peace, War, and Defense at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. His research utilizes mathematical modeling to develop theoretical explanations of political conflicts, including issues related to terrorism, insurgency, and economic sanctions. He has received two grants from the National Science Foundation, one to examine the effectiveness of economic sanctions, and another to examine the growth of insurgent movements from small cells to large-scale rebellions. He has published in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, the British Journal of Political Science, Public Choice, the Journal of Peace Research, International Interactions, and Conflict Management and Peace Science.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. The Economic Origins of the War on Terror
Chapter 3. Terrorism and the Problem of Moral Hazard
Chapter 4. Threatening Allies
Chapter 5. Hegemonic Decline and the Escalation of Violence
Chapter 6. Conclusion: The War for Exorbitant Privilege

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