Illusions of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism

Hardcover | December 12, 2015

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Terrorism and counter-terrorism represent enduringly and globally important phenomena, and the mutually shaping relationship between non-state terrorism and state counter-terrorism continues to influence world politics. Illusions of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism brings together leadingscholars in the field to analyse this relationship, and to do so in distinctive manner. The book sustainedly assesses the interaction of terrorism and counter-terrorism through drawing on a range of academic disciplines in dialogue with one another. It addresses the dynamics of counter-terrorismmore interrogatively and concentratedly than is common in much of the scholarly literature, and it highlights a theme that is all too rarely considered in the field: namely, the shared and mutually-echoing failings and illusions involved in the politics of terrorism and counter-terrorism alike.Chapters analyse post-9/11 counter-terrorism, the ongoing evolution of al-Qaida, the imperatives and challenges and global context of western counter-terrorist efforts, and the reasons why terrorist campaigns sometimes endure and sometimes come to an end. Candid and wide-ranging, Illusions ofTerrorism and Counter-Terrorism offers rigorous and original argument on a subject of the highest significance.

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Terrorism and counter-terrorism represent enduringly and globally important phenomena, and the mutually shaping relationship between non-state terrorism and state counter-terrorism continues to influence world politics. Illusions of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism brings together leadingscholars in the field to analyse this relationshi...

Richard English is Wardlaw Professor of Politics in the School of International Relations, and Director of the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV), at the University of St Andrews. He was born in 1963 in Belfast, where he worked at Queen's University between 1989 and 2011. He is the author of seven b...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:200 pagesPublished:December 12, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Richard English: Introduction: The Enduring Illusions of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism1. Alia Brahimi: Al-Qaeda and the 9/11 Decade2. Rashmi Singh: Counter-Terrorism in the Post-9/11 Era: Successes, Failures, and Lessons Learned3. David Omand: What Should be the Limits of Western Counter-Terrorism Policy?4. Conor Gearty: No Golden Age: The Deep Origins and Current Utility of Western Counter-Terrorism Policy5. Adrian Guelke: Secrets and Lies: Misinformation and Counter-Terrorism6. Audrey Kurth Cronin: How and Why Do Terrorist Campaigns End?7. Richard English: Why Terrorist Campaigns Do Not End: The Case of Contemporary Irish Dissident Republicanism8. David Lake: The Global Insurgency: Action and Reaction in Contemporary World Politics