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Cover Image: Debating Terrorism and Counterterrorism:  Conflicting Perspectives on Causes, Contexts, and Responses, 2nd Edition
  • Date: 04/01/2013
  • Format: Print Paperback
  • Price: $51.00
  • ISBN: 9781452226729
  • Pages: 395
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Debating Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Conflicting Perspectives on Causes, Contexts, and Responses, 2nd Edition
Stuart Gottlieb, Columbia University


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?”

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • New selections by Zachary C. Shirkey and Bruce Cronin address the question: “Can Global Institutions Make a Difference in Fighting Terrorism?”
  • The contributions have been updated to account for current events and the latest scholarship
  • Each headnote has been fully revised and updated to provide a sharp focus on historical underpinnings and scholarly traditions, and the discussion of the points of similarity as well as differences between the views expressed in the essays has been expanded.

FEATURES & BENEFITS:

  • Foreward by John Negroponte 
  • Context-setting headnotes provide valuable scene setting for students
  • Yes/No Readings are in true dialogue with one another.
New to this Edition
  • New selections by Zachary C. Shirkey and Bruce Cronin address the question: “Can Global Institutions Make a Difference in Fighting Terrorism?”
  • All contributions have been updated to account for current events and the latest scholarship
  • Each headnote has been revised so that the historical underpinnings and scholarly traditions are clearer and more robust, and the discussion of the points of similiarity as well as differences between the views expressed in the essays has been sharpened.
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1st Edition ©2009

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Table of Contents

Part I: Debating Terrorism

Chapter 1: Is the “New Terrorism” Really New?
     No: Alexander Spencer, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich: “The Myth of ‘New Terrorism’”
     Yes: Rohan Gunaratna, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore: “Al Qaeda and the New Terrorism”

Chapter 2: Does Poverty Serve as a Root Cause of Terrorism?
     No: James A. Piazza, The Pennsylvania State University: “Poverty and Terrorism: A Hypothesis in Search of Evidence”
     Yes: Karin von Hippel, U.S. Department of State: “The Role of Poverty in Radicalization and Terrorism”

Chapter 3: Can Terrorism Ever Be Justified?
     No: Tamar Meisels, Tel Aviv University: “Terrorism Can Never Be Justified”
     Yes: Ted Honderich, University College London: “Humanity, Terrorism in Palestine,  Innocents”

Chapter 4: Does Islam Play a Unique Role in Modern Religious Terrorism?
     Yes: Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review Institute: “Islam’s Unique Impact on Modern Religious Terrorism”
     No: Fawaz A. Gerges, London School of Economics: “What Osama bin Laden and George W. Bush Got Wrong About Muslims”

Chapter 5: Is Suicide Terrorism an Effective Tactic?
     Yes: Gordon H. McCormick and Lindsay Fritz, Naval Postgraduate School: “A Strategic Perspective on Suicide Attack”
     No: Max Abrahms, Johns Hopkins University: “Dying for Nothing? The Political Ineffectiveness of Suicide Terrorism”

Chapter 6: Is Nuclear Terrorism a Real Threat?
     Yes: Matthew Bunn, Harvard University: “The Threat of Nuclear Terrorism is Real”
     No: Susan B. Martin, Kings College London: “The Threat of Nuclear Terrorism is Overblown”

Part II: Debating Counterterrorism

Chapter 7: Counterterrorism Strategies: Do We Need Bombs Over Bridges?
     No: Brigitte L. Nacos, Columbia University: “Soft Power Trumps Hard Power in Counterterrorism”
     Yes: Michael Rubin, American Enterprise Institute: “Military Tactics are Essential for Fighting Terrorism”

Chapter 8: Can Spreading Democracy Help Defeat Terrorism?
     No: F. Gregory  Gause, III, University of Vermont: “Democracy, Terrorism and the Arab World”
     Yes: Jennifer Windsor, Georgetown University: “Democratization in the Middle East: Revisiting the Democracy and Terrorism Debate”

[NEW!] Chapter 9: Can Global Institutions Make a Difference in Fighting Terrorism?
     No: Zachary C. Shirkey, Hunter College: “International Institutions are Limited in Their Ability to Combat Terrorism”
     Yes: Bruce Cronin, City College of New York: “International Institutions Can and Do Assist in Fighting Global Terrorism”

Chapter 10: Is an Outright Ban the Best Way to Eliminate or Constrain Torture?
     Yes: Michael Posner, U.S. Department of State: “The Case for an Outright Ban on Torture”
     No: Alan M. Dershowitz, Harvard Law School: “Why an Absolutist Approach Toward Torture is Bad for Democracy”

Chapter 11: Counterterrorism and the Constitution: Does Providing Security Require a Trade-Off with Civil Liberties?
     Yes: John Yoo, Berkeley Law School: “Executive Power, Civil Liberties, and Security: Constitutional Tradeoffs in Fighting Global Terrorism”
     No: David Cole, Georgetown Law School: “Securing Liberty in the Face of Terrorism”

Chapter 12: Conclusions: Are We Overestimating the Threat and Impact of Terrorism?
     Yes: John Mueller, Ohio State University: “The Costs of Overstating the Threat of Terrorism” 
     No: Walter Laqueur, Center for Strategic and International Studies: “The Risks of Underestimating the Threat of Terrorism”

Bio(s)
Stuart Gottlieb, Columbia University
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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