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Debating Terrorism is an innovative new textbook, addressing a number of key issues in contemporary terrorism studies from both 'traditional' and 'critical' perspectives.In recent years, the terrorism studies field has grown in quantity and quality, with a growing number of scholars rooted in various professional disciplines beginning to debate the complex dynamics underlying this category of violence. Within the broader field, there are a number of identifiable controversies and questions which divide scholarly opinion and generate opposing arguments. These relate to theoretical issues, such as the definition of terrorism and state terrorism, substantive issues like the threat posed by al Qaeda and the utility of different responses to terrorism, different pathways leading people to engage in terrorist tactics, and ethical issues such as the torture of terrorist suspects and targeted assassination.This volume aims to bring together in one place many of the field's leading scholars to debate the key issues relating a set of 12 important controversies and questions. The format of the volume involves a leading scholar taking a particular position on the controversy, followed by an opposing or alternative viewpoint written by another scholar. In addition to the pedagogic value of allowing students to read opposing arguments in one place, the volume will also be important for providing an overview of the state of the field and its key lines of debate.This textbook will be essential reading for all students of terrorism and political violence, critical terrorism studies, critical security studies, security studies and IR in general.
Richard Jackson is Professor in International Politics at Aberystwyth University and the author/editor of four books on terrorism and conflict issues. Samuel Justin Sinclair is Assistant Professor of Psychology a Harvard Medical School, and Director of Research al the Massachusetts General Hospital's Psychological Evaluation and Research Laboratory (PFaRL). He is the author/editor of two books.
Table of Contents
|The editors||p. xiii|
|Notes on contributors||p. xv|
|Introduction: contemporary debates on terrorism||p. 1|
|Definition of terrorism||p. 9|
|Is terrorism still a useful analytical term or should it be abandoned?||p. 11|
|YES: The utility of the concept of terrorism||p. 11|
|NO: A landscape of meaning: constructing understandings of political violence from the broken paradigm of 'terrorism||p. 17|
|Discussion questions||p. 24|
|Further readings||p. 25|
|Categories of terrorism||p. 27|
|Is there a 'new terrorism' in existence today?||p. 29|
|YES: The 'new terrorism' or the 'newness' of context and change||p. 29|
|NO: The fallacy of the new terrorism thesis||p. 35|
|Discussion questions||p. 42|
|Further readings||p. 42|
|Can states be terrorists?||p. 43|
|YES: State terror: the theoretical and practical utilities and implications of a contested concept||p. 43|
|NO: State terrorism: who needs it?||p. 50|
|Discussion questions||p. 57|
|Further readings||p. 57|
|The terrorism threat|
|Is terrorism a serious threat to international and national security?||p. 61|
|YES: The continuing threat to state security||p. 61|
|NO: Why terrorism is a much smaller threat than you think||p. 66|
|Discussion questions||p. 74|
|Further readings||p. 75|
|Is WMD terrorism a likely prospect in the future?||p. 76|
|YES: WMD terrorism: a potential threat to international security||p. 76|
|NO: WMD terrorism: the prospects||p. 84|
|Discussion questions||p. 89|
|Further readings||p. 89|
|Does al-Qaeda continue to pose a serious international threat?||p. 90|
|YES: The enduring al-Qaeda threat: a network perspective||p. 90|
|NO: Al-Qaeda: a diminishing threat||p. 97|
|Discussion questions||p. 103|
|Further readings||p. 103|
|The causes of terrorism||p. 105|
|Is terrorism the result of root causes such as poverty and exclusion?||p. 107|
|YES: Do structural factors explain terrorism?||p. 107|
|NO: Poverty and exclusion are not the root causes of terrorism||p. 1|
|Discussion questions||p. 119|
|Further readings||p. 120|
|Is religious extremism a major cause of terrorism?||p. 121|
|YES: Religious extremism as a major cause of terrorism||p. 121|
|NO: 'Religious terrorism' as ideology||p. 127|
|Discussion questions||p. 134|
|Further readings||p. 134|
|Dealing with terrorism||p. 135|
|Are counterterrorism frameworks based on suppression and military force effective in responding to terrorism?||p. 137|
|YES: The use of force to combat terrorism||p. 137|
|NO: Wars of terror - learning the lessons of failure||p. 143|
|Discussion questions||p. 150|
|Further readings||p. 150|
|Is the use of coercive interrogation or torture permissible and effective as a counterterrorism method?||p. 152|
|YES: The truth about American state interrogation techniques, torture and the ticking time-bomb terrorist||p. 152|
|NO: Why torture is wrong||p. 159|
|Discussion questions||p. 165|
|Further readings||p. 165|
|Is the targeted assassination of terrorist suspects an effective response to terrorism?||p. 166|
|YES: A viable and vital policy option||p. 166|
|NO: The case against targeted assassination||p. 173|
|Discussion questions||p. 180|
|Further readings||p. 180|
|Have global efforts to reduce terrorism and political violence been effective in the past decade?||p. 181|
|YES: 'Looking for a needle in a stack of needles'||p. 181|
|NO: 'Using a sledgehammer to crack a nut'||p. 187|
|Discussion questions||p. 193|
|Further readings||p. 193|
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