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With original contributions from some of the most prominent academics and professionals on terrorism and counterterrorism, Stuart Gottlieb&BAD:rs"s debate-style reader will compel your students to wrestle with the conflicting perspectives that define the field. Unlike other volumes in which readings talk past one another, Debating Terrorism and Counterterrorism features brief paired &BAD:"pro&BAD:" and &BAD:"con&BAD:" essays written specifically for the book that directly address the urgent questions surrounding terrorism. The essays address both theoretical questions and pragmatic concerns including: How significant a threat is nuclear terrorism? Is poverty a root cause of terrorism? Is suicide terrorism an effective tactic? Does Islam play a unique role in religious terrorism? Can the spread of democracy defeat terrorism? Must security come at the expense of civil liberties? An incisive introduction and useful chapter headnotes from the editor provide students with necessary context and prepare them to read each argument critically, allowing them to understand the past, present, and future of terrorism and counterterrorism.
Table of Contents
|"First ... correctly identify the enemy ..."||p. ix|
|Is the "New Terrorism" Really New?||p. 1|
|No: The "new terrorism" of al-Qaeda is not so new||p. 4|
|Yes: Al-Qaeda is an example of a "new terrorism"||p. 16|
|Does Poverty Serve as a Root Cause of Terrorism?||p. 34|
|No: Poverty is a weak causal link||p. 37|
|Yes: Poverty is an important cause||p. 51|
|Can Terrorism Ever Be Justified?||p. 67|
|No: Terrorist violence is never justified||p. 69|
|Yes: Terrorism is a just tool of the weak||p. 81|
|Does Islam Play a Unique Role in Modern Religious Terrorism||p. 100|
|Yes: Islam has a unique impact on modern terrorism||p. 103|
|No: Islam itself is not the problem in the current wave of global terrorism||p. 115|
|Is Suicide Terrorism an Effective Tactic?||p. 131|
|Yes: Suicide terrorism is a pragmatic choice||p. 134|
|NO: Suicide terrorism rarely achieves its goals|
|Is Nuclear Terrorism a Real Threat?||p. 166|
|Yes: The threat is very real||p. 168|
|No: The threat is overblown||p. 180|
|Counterterrorism Strategies: Do We Need Bombs over Bridges?||p. 201|
|No: There is a need to focus more on building bridges||p. 204|
|Yes: More creative military strategies are needed||p. 218|
|Can Spreading Democracy Help Defeat Terrorism?||p. 235|
|No: Democracy promotion is problematic as a counterterrorism priority||p. 238|
|Yes: Promoting democracy can combat terrorism||p. 238|
|Can the United Nations Make a Difference in Fighting Terrorism?||p. 272|
|No: The UN is limited in its ability to play a role||p. 275|
|Yes: The UN has vital roles to play in countering terrorism||p. 287|
|Is an Outright Ban the Best Way to Eliminate or Constrain Torture?||p. 304|
|Yes: Torture violates U.S. and international law and should never be allowed||p. 307|
|No: There is a need to bring an unfortunate practice within the bounds of law||p. 320|
|Counterterrorism and the Constitution: Does Providing Security Require a Trade-Off with Civil Liberties?||p. 336|
|Yes: The United States needs to reasonably limit civil liberties and bolster executive powers||p. 339|
|No: Respecting civil liberties and preventing executive overreach are critical to preserving America's security and its ideals||p. 353|
|Conclusion: Is the Threat of Terrorism Being Overstated?||p. 370|
|Yes: The threat of terrorism is overblown and more manageable than suspected||p. 372|
|No: The threat is profound and will remain so for some time||p. 383|
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