Debating Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Conflicting Perspectives on Causes, Contexts, and Responses

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Stuart Gottlieb
CQ Press, Mar 29, 2013 - Political Science - 432 pages
Debate is an important part of the classroom experience. However, most debate-style readers do a disservice to students by selecting readings from disparate sources that end up talking past one another. 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 . With topics ranging from the root causes of terrorism, the role of religion in terrorism, whether suicide terrorism is ever justified, whether the spread of democracy can help defeat terrorism, and what trade-offs, if any, should exist between security and civil liberties, Gottlieb′s outstanding cast of contributors returns in this edition, compelling students to wrestle with the conflicting perspectives that define the field.

Gottlieb frames the complexity and sophistication of these issues with incisive chapter headnotes providing students with the requisite context and preparing them to read each argument critically, allowing them to understand the past, present, and future of terrorism and counterterrorism. Each of the selections has been thoroughly updated to account for recent world events, policy changes, and new scholarship. New to the reader, and by reviewer request, is a chapter, "Can Global Institutions Make a Difference in Fighting Terrorism?"
 

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Contents

IS THE NEW TERRORISM REALLY NEW?
1
DOES POVERTY SERVE AS A ROOT CAUSE OF TERRORISM?
35
CAN TERRORISM EVER BE JUSTIFIED?
69
DOES ISLAM PLAY A UNIQUE ROLE IN MODERN RELIGIOUS TERRORISM?
101
IS SUICIDE TERRORISM AN EFFECTIVE TACTIC?
136
IS NUCLEAR TERRORISM A REAL THREAT?
172
COUNTERTERRORISM STRATEGIES DO WE NEED BOMBS OVER BRIDGES?
209
CAN SPREADING DEMOCRACY HELP DEFEAT TERRORISM?
243
CAN INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN FIGHTING TERRORISM?
276
IS AN OUTRIGHT BAN THE BEST WAY TO ELIMINATE OR CONSTRAIN TORTURE?
312
COUNTERTERRORISM AND THE CONSTITUTION DOES PROVIDING SECURITY REQUIRE A TRADEOFF WITH CIVIL LIBERTIES?
345
CONCLUSION IS THE THREAT OF TERRORISM BEING OVERSTATED?
380
ABOUT THE EDITOR
408
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Stuart Gottlieb teaches at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where he is also an affiliate of the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies. His courses and research focus on American foreign policy, counterterrorism, and international security. He formerly served as a senior foreign policy adviser and speechwriter in the United States Senate (1999-2003), and continues to advise and consult on issues related to foreign policy and terrorism.

Gottlieb received his Ph.D. in international relations from Columbia University, and is an adjunct professor at New York University's graduate politics program.

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