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date: 28 November 2021

p. 1177. Countering terrorismlocked

p. 1177. Countering terrorismlocked

  • Charles Townshend


What can we do about terrorism? What response will cure the problem? Laqueur asks: ‘can a democratic society subdue terrorism without surrendering the values central to the system?’ ‘Countering terrorism’ looks at the pros and cons in impulsive, appropriate, and long-term responses to terrorist acts. There is a distinction between policies that are under control of individual states, and those which depend on international cooperation. There are few data available on the effectiveness of antiterrorist policies. How will terrorism end, if at all? If it doesn't, the hope is that it is no more likely to bring about the destruction of civilization than it was a century ago.

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