Democracies At War Against Terrorism: A Comparative Perspective by S. CohenDemocracies At War Against Terrorism: A Comparative Perspective by S. Cohen

Democracies At War Against Terrorism: A Comparative Perspective

byS. Cohen

Hardcover | October 14, 2008

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Numerous democratic nations have been singled out by NGOs for brutality in their modus operandi, for paying inadequate attention to civilian protection or for torture of prisoners. This book deals with the difficulties faced when conducting asymmetric warfare in populated areas without violating humanitarian law.
Edited by SAMY COHEN is Research Director at CERI (Centre for International Studies and Research) Sciences Po, Paris, France. He is teaching at the Comparative Politics Master at Sciences Po, France. He is author of several books among which The Resilience of The State. Democracy and the Challenge of the Globalization, 2006; Mitterrand...
Title:Democracies At War Against Terrorism: A Comparative PerspectiveFormat:HardcoverDimensions:269 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.75 inPublished:October 14, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230604560

ISBN - 13:9780230604568

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction: Dilemmas in the War Against Terrorism; S.Cohen PART I: THE HISTORICAL AND THE LEGAL PERSPECTIVES Democracies and the Ethics of War: The Record of the Past; F.Cochet The International Laws of War and the Fight against Terrorism; E.Decaux The French State Faced with the Algerian Nationalists (1954-1962): A War Against Terrorism?; R.Branche Agents and Ambushes: Britain's 'Dirty War' in Northern Ireland; M.Frampton PART II: THE STRUGGLE OF DEMOCRACIES AGAINST TERRORISM Democracy and Norms of War: Locating Moral Responsibility for Atrocity in Iraq; N.Crawford The British Way in Warfare; A.Finlan Between Humanitarian Logic and Operational Effectiveness: How the Israeli Army faced the Second Intifada; S.Cohen The Armed Forces, Power and Society: 18 years of Counter insurgency in Indian Kashmir; F.Grare The Army of the Fifth Republic and the Ethics of War in Contemporary Conflicts; B.Irondelle PART III. NON-DEMOCRATIC REGIMES AND THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM Russia's War in Chechnya: The Discourse of Counter-Terrorism and the Legitimation of Violence; A.Le Huérou & A.Regamay Algeria: Is an authoritarian regime more effective in combating terrorist movements?; L.Martinez Conclusion; S.Cohen

Editorial Reviews

Asymmetric war poses unique challenges to governments of all stripes. How should governments respond when their enemies use the rules governing war to their advantage by directly targeting and then hiding among the civilian population? This excellent new book draws from a historically and geographically diverse range of cases to shed new light on the practical moral dilemmas that confront decision-makers. It shows that governments can and do respond in different ways and helps highlight the factors that enable and inhibit recourse to rule-breaking behaviours such as torture or a lax attitude towards civilian casualties. Blending ethical insight with practical analysis, this is a must read for all those interested in the dilemmas of using force in the twenty-first century. - Alexander Bellamy, Professor, Department of Politics, University of Queensland, AustraliaThis most welcome book explores the empirical conditions under which an ethics of some sort is justified and implemented in times of war against terrorism. Its reading will be more than useful to scholars and practitioners of international relations, political theorists and citizens who are not convinced that the use of 'soft power' solves all problems. - Jean Luca, Professor (Emeritus) of Political Science at the Institute d Études Politiques de Paris, France