The Fight for Legitimacy: Democracy Vs. Terrorism

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Juli 2006



Terrorism cannot be treated as a monolithic threat. Moreover, as much as we may wish to focus on the terror tactics and terrorist means, we cannot overlook the ends. In fact, good policy can only be crafted with an understanding of the terrorist strategy; that is, how terrorists integrate their means to secure their goals, given their perception of the security environment. The groups covered in this book change and evolve. While their governments must take aggressive actions to secure their populations against attacks, those governments that recognize the real grievances can simultaneously take action that addresses those grievances. This two-pronged approach simultaneously bolsters state legitimacy across the ethnic and majority populations, while demonstrating state effectiveness regarding insecurity. The authors argue that the best way for states to win legitimacy vis-a-vis terrorists is by adhering to liberal democratic values, cooperating with other states, and applying prudent counterterrorist tactics.


CINDY R. JEBB is a US Army colonel, and Professor and Deputy Head of the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy, West Point. P. H. LIOTTA is the Director of the Pell Center at Salve Regina University. THOMAS SHERLOCK teaches comparative politics and international relations at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he is currently Head of Comparative Politics in the Department of Social Sciences. RUTH MARGOLIES BEITLER is an Associate Professor of International Relations and Comparative Politics in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy, West Point.


"Four political scientists, three with the US Military Academy at West Point, analyze five terrorist threats against transitional democracies: the Basques in Spain, Kurds in Turkey, Albanians in Macedonia, Chechnya, and Palestine." - Reference & Research Book News
EAN: 9780275991890
ISBN: 027599189X
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juli 2006
Seitenanzahl: 186 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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