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Illusions of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism, Hardback Book


Terrorism and counter-terrorism represent enduringly and globally important phenomena, and the mutually shaping relationship between non-state terrorism and state counter-terrorism continues to influence world politics.

Illusions of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism brings together leading scholars in the field to analyse this relationship, and to do so in distinctive manner.

The book sustainedly assesses the interaction of terrorism and counter-terrorismthrough drawing on a range of academic disciplines in dialogue with one another.

It addresses the dynamics of counter-terrorism more interrogatively and concentratedly than is common in much of the scholarly literature, and it highlights a theme that is all too rarely considered in the field: namely, the sharedand mutually-echoing failings and illusions involved in the politics of terrorism and counter-terrorism alike. Chapters analyse post-9/11 counter-terrorism, the ongoing evolution of al-Qaida, the imperatives and challenges and global context of western counter-terrorist efforts, and the reasons why terrorist campaigns sometimes endure and sometimes come to an end.

Candid and wide-ranging, Illusions of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism offers rigorous and original argument on a subject of the highest significance.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: International relations
  • ISBN: 9780197265901

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