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Terrorism Versus Democracy: The Liberal State Response (Political Violence)

Terrorism Versus Democracy: The Liberal State Response (Political Violence)
Author: Paul Wilkinson
ISBN 13: 9780415587990
ISBN 10: 415587999
Edition: 3
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 2011-03-12
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
List Price: $49.95

This book examines the terrorist networks that operate globally and analyses the long-term future of terrorism and terrorist-backed insurgencies.

Terrorism remains a serious problem for the international community. The global picture does not indicate that the ‘war on terror’, which President George W. Bush declared in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, has been won. On the other hand it would be incorrect to assume that Al Qaeda, its affiliates and other jihadi groups have won their so-called ‘holy war’ against the Coalition against Terrorism formed after 9/11.

This new edition gives more attention to the political and strategic impact of modern transnational terrorism, the need for maximum international cooperation by law-abiding states to counter not only direct threats to the safety and security of their own citizens but also to preserve international peace and security through strengthening counter-proliferation and cooperative threat reduction (CTR).

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.


A sequel to Wilkinson's (1986), this work concentrates on the problems of crafting and carrying out an effective response to terrorism that is both proportionate and compatible with the maintenance of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. Rather than setting out the history of modern terrorism, Wilkinson (director, Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, U. of St. Andrews) draws on events from the past 30 years and identifies emerging trends to extract key lessons on strategies, policies, and measures to prevent and combat terrorism. He concludes that even relatively new and fragile democracies are not helpless in the face of terrorism, and that an appropriate response may effectively prevent or even eradicate terrorist violence. Distributed by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)