Democracies At War Against Terrorism: A Comparative Perspective

Hardcover | August 15, 2008

EditorSamy Cohen

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This book deals with the difficulty democracies face in conducting asymmetric warfare in highly populated areas without violating international humanitarian law. On numerous occasions, democratic nations have been singled out by human rights NGOs for the brutality of their modus operandi, for their inadequate attention to the protection of civilian populations, or for acts of abuse or torture on prisoners. Why do they perpetrate these violations? Do they do so intentionally or unintentionally? Can democracies combat irregular armed groups without violating international law? When their population is under threat, do they behave as non-democracies would? Does this type of war inevitably produce war crimes on a more or less massive scale?

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This book deals with the difficulty democracies face in conducting asymmetric warfare in highly populated areas without violating international humanitarian law. On numerous occasions, democratic nations have been singled out by human rights NGOs for the brutality of their modus operandi, for their inadequate attention to the protectio...

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, Paris. He is author of several books among which The Resilience of The State. Democracy and the Challenge of the Globalization, 2006; Mitterrand and the E...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:August 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230604560

ISBN - 13:9780230604568

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Acknowledgments * Introduction: Dilemmas in the War Against Terrorism--Samy Cohen * PART I: The Historical and the Legal Perspectives * Democracies and the Ethics of War: The Record of the Past--François Cochet * The International Laws of War and the Fight against Terrorism--Emmanuel Decaux * The French State Faced with the Algerian Nationalists (1954-1962): A War Against Terrorism?--Raphaëlle Branche * Agents and Ambushes: Britain’s ‘Dirty War’ in Northern Ireland--Martyn Frampton * PART II: The Struggle of Democracies Against Terrorism * Democracy and Norms of War: Locating Moral Responsibility for Atrocity in Iraq--Neta Crawford * The British Way in Warfare--Alastair Finlan * Between Humanitarian Logic and Operational Effectiveness: How the Israeli Army faced the Second Intifada--Samy Cohen * The Armed Forces, Power and Society: 18 years of Counter insurgency in Indian Kashmir--Frédéric Grare * The Army of the Fifth Republic and the Ethics of War in Contemporary Conflicts--Bastien 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--Anne Le Huérou and Amandine Regamay  * Algeria: Is an authoritarian regime more effective in combating terrorist movements?--Luis Martinez * Conclusion--Samy Cohen

 

 

 

 

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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, Australia This 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