Terrorism Versus Democracy: The Liberal State Response

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Routledge, Sep 27, 2006 - History - 272 pages

'No one understands terrorism better than Paul Wilkinson...if policy makers read this book they will understand the problems better. If terrorists read it they will understand themselves a lot better.' - Michael Clarke, King’s College London, University of London, UK

This acclaimed study examines both the new terror networks and those that have been around for decades. This new edition brings it up-to-date with the dramatic opening of the twenty-first century, with new chapters on the 9/11 attacks, the growth of international terrorism, the Al Qaeda network and the War on Terror.

This text provides us with some much needed criteria for distinguishing between terrorists and freedom fighters and an explanation of the uses of terrorism as a political, social, religious and criminal weapon. Wilkinson also links the use of terrorism to a wider repertoire of struggle. He proposes a variety of possible counter-measures and valuable principles carefully distilled from the recent past to help design a response that is compatible with democratic principles, the rule of law and respect for human rights.

This book is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students of terrorism studies, political science and international relations, as well as for policy makers and journalists.

 

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Contents

1 TERRORISM INSURGENCY AND ASYMMETRICAL CONFLICT
1
2 THE EMERGENCE OF MODERN TERRORISM
20
3 ORIGINS AND KEY CHARACTERISTICS OF AL QAEDA
39
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 HOSTAGETAKING SIEGES AND PROBLEMS OF RESPONSE
103
8 AVIATION SECURITY
122
11 THE FUTURE OF TERRORISM
179
TOWARDS A RESPONSE TO TERRORISM BASED ON DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES AND RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
192
APPENDIX 1
211
APPENDIX 2
214
APPENDIX 3
216
GLOSSARY OF TERRORIST GROUPS
219
NOTES
224
FURTHER READING
238

9 THE MEDIA AND TERRORISM
144
10 INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AGAINST TERRORISM
158

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Paul Wilkinson is Professor of International Relations and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) at the University of St Andrews. His publications include Contemporary Research on Terrorism (as co-editor, 1987) and Aviation Terrorism and Security (as co-editor, 1999). He co-authored with Joseph S. Nye Jr. and Yukio Satoh the report to the Trilateral Commission (2003) Addressing the New International Terrorism; Prevention, Intervention and Multilateral Co-operation and served as Adviser to Lord Lloyd of Berwick’s Inquiry into Legislation Against Terrorism, and authored vol. two, the Research Report for the Inquiry (1996).

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