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Debating terrorism and counterterrorism : conflicting perspectives on causes, contexts, and responses

Stuart Gottlieb (Editor)
As a part of the Debating Politics series from CQ Press, this reader is different. Featuring paired pro/con pieces written specifically for this volume, Debating Terrorism encourages students to actively grapple with the central debates and questions surrounding the subject of terrorism and counterterrorism
eBook, English, 2014
2nd edition View all formats and editions
SAGE, Los Angeles, 2014
1 online resource (xxii, 407 pages)
9781483301112, 1483301117
Is the "new terrorism" really new? No : The "new terrorism" of al-Qaeda is not so new / Alexander Spencer
Yes : Al-Qaeda is an example of a "new terrorism" / Rohan Gunaratna
Does poverty serve as a root cause of terrorism? No : Poverty is a weak causal link / James A. Piazza
Yes : Poverty is an important cause / Karin von Hippel
Can terrorism ever be justified? No : Terrorist violence is never justified / Tamar Meisels
Yes : Terrorism is a just tool of the weak / Ted Honderich
Does Islam play a unique role in modern religious terrorism? Yes : Islam has a unique impact on modern terrorism / Andrew C. McCarthy
No : Islam itself is not the problem in the current wave of global terrorism / Fawaz A. Gerges
Is suicide terrorism an effective tactic? Yes : Suicide terrorism is a pragmatic choice / Gordon H. McCormick and Lindsay Fritz
No : Suicide terrorism rarely achieves its goals / Max Abrahms
Is nuclear terrorism a real threat? Yes : The threat is very real / Matthew Bunn
No : The threat is overblown / Susan B. Martin
Counterterrorism strategies : do we need bombs over bridges? No : There is a need to focus more on building bridges / Brigitte L. Nacos
Yes : More creative military strategies are needed / Michael Rubin
Can spreading democracy help defeat terrorism? No : Democracy promotion is problematic as a counterterrorism priority / F. Gregory Gause III
Yes : Promoting democracy can combat terrorism / Jennifer L. Windsor
Can the United Nations make a difference in fighting terrorism? No : The UN is limited in its ability to play a role / Zachary C. Shirkey
Yes : The UN has vital roles to play in countering terrorism / Eric Rosand
Is an outright ban the best way to eliminate or constrain torture? Yes : Torture violates U.S. and international law and should never be allowed / Michael H. Posner
No : There is a need to bring an unfortunate practice within the bounds of law / Alan M. Dershowitz
Counterterrorism and the Constitution : does providing security require a trade-off with civil liberties? Yes : The United States needs to reasonably limit civil liberties and bolster executive powers / John Yoo
No : Respecting civil liberties and preventing executive overreach are critical to preserving America's security and its ideals / David Cole
Conclusion : Is the threat of terrorism being overstated? Yes : The threat of terrorism is overblown and more manageable than suspected / John Mueller
No : The threat is profound and will remain so for some time / Walter Laquer Table of contents Free eBook from the Internet Archive Additional information and access via Open Library