By Alex Bellamy
The terrorist assaults of eleven September 2001 marked a turning aspect in foreign politics, representing a brand new kind of hazard which can now not simply be expected or avoided via state-based buildings of safeguard by myself. establishing up interdisciplinary conversations among strategic, monetary, moral and felony ways to worldwide terrorism, this edited ebook recognises a primary factor: whereas significant crises before everything are likely to make stronger previous considering and behavioural styles, additionally they let societies to problem and triumph over entrenched conduct, thereby growing the principles for a brand new and maybe extra peaceable destiny. This quantity addresses the problems which are at stake during this twin means of political closure, and consequently rethinks how states can reply to terrorist threats. The contributors range from leading conceptual theorists to policy-oriented analysts, from senior lecturers to junior researchers. The publication explores how terrorism has had a profound impression on how defense is being understood and applied, and makes use of various hitherto ignored resources of perception, comparable to these among political, financial, criminal and moral elements, to envision the character and that means of defense in a quickly altering global.
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G. Shining Path, Kurdistan Workers’ Party, Real Irish Republican Army). g. Red Brigades, Weather Underground, Baader-Meinhof group). g. Irgun/Stern Gang, African National Congress). g. Provisional Irish Republican Army, Palestine Liberation Organization). g. Real Irish Republican Army, Basque Homeland and Freedom, Shining Path). g. Kurdistan Workers’ Party, Shining Path, People’s Will). g. Abu Sayyaf, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, Khmer Rouge, Communist Party of Nepal-Maoists). ‘The pressing challenge’, as Cronin suggests, ‘is to determine which lessons from the decline of earlier terrorist groups are relevant to al-Qaida and which are not’ (2006: 39).
If we define terrorism as the large scale use of political violence against the innocent – the form in which it is currently most threatening and destabilizing – it becomes crucial to find ways to render terrorism as a method fundamentally illegitimate and eventually powerless. In this light, war will be the last means we should want to choose. We are thus moving in the realm of norms, which by their protean nature, can be either a force for terror or hope. Bin Laden explained how they became a force for terror when he was interviewed by US ABC television in 1998.
Of course, the proliferation conundrum is more complicated when factoring in the role of non-state actors like al-Qa’ida. Nevertheless, it seems highly unlikely that such organizations could build nuclear weapons themselves. Consequently, international efforts to monitor and restrict the activities of second-tier proliferators and private networks would seem to offer the most prudent course of action. Ending the long war As noted above, while a war waged against the tactic of terrorism is likely to be a war without end, the international campaign against al-Qa’ida will eventually end.
Security and the War on Terror: Civil-Military Cooperation in a New Age (Contemporary Security Studies) by Alex Bellamy