Avoiding The Terrorist Trap: Why Respect For Human Rights Is The Key To Defeating Terrorism


ISBN: 9781783266548

Author: Parker Tom

Published: 03/07/2019 - 924 pp Pages

Imprint / Publisher: World Scientific / World Scientific


Book Type: Monograph

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For more than 150 years, Nationalist, Populist, Marxist and Islamist terrorists have all been remarkably consistent and explicit about their aims: Provoke the State into over-reacting to the threat they pose, then take advantage of the divisions in society that result.

Faced with a major terrorist threat, States seem to reach instinctively for the most coercive tools in their arsenal and, in doing so, risk exacerbating the situation. This policy response seems to be driven in equal parts by a lack of understanding of the true nature of the threat, an exaggerated faith in the use of force, and a lack of faith that democratic values are sufficiently flexible to allow for an effective counter-terrorism response.

Drawing on a wealth of data from both historical and contemporary sources, Avoiding the Terrorist Trap addresses common misconceptions underpinning flawed counter-terrorist policies, identifies the core strategies that guide terrorist operations, consolidates the latest research on the underlying drivers of terrorist violence, and demonstrates how a comprehensive and coherent counter-terrorism strategy grounded in respect for human rights and the rule of law is the only truly effective approach to defeating terrorism.

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Introduction; Terrorism 101; Exploring the Social Science; Terrorism and International Law; Counting Violent Extremism; Community Policing; Special Investigation Techniques; Detention regimes; Torture and Interrogation; Using Force; Resilience; Conclusion;

United Nations Counter Terrorism Implementation Task Force (Ctitf)

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