An insightful collection of essays that explains why the global war on terror framework cannot work and how a new paradigm in countering transnational terrorism can be found.
Are the negative effects of the Bush administration’s “Global War on Terror” framework irrevocable? Is it too late to reorient our policy toward confronting global threats? Answering “no” to both questions, Steven Tsang’s Combating Transnational Terrorism: Searching for a New Paradigm offers an expert critique of Bush’s policy while proposing a new approach to fighting terrorism—one that advocates strengthening ties to traditional allies and countering Al Qaeda’s appeal to people of the Islamic faith.
Combating Transnational Terrorism brings together a panel of well-established experts to assess the overall effectiveness of the “Global War on Terror,” showing just how counterproductive the Bush administration’s approach has been. Throughout, they offer specific changes that together signify a transformative shift in American policy. What they propose is a new framework for combating terrorist threats based on wide-ranging international collaboration and energized efforts to win the hearts and minds of non-extremist Muslims—a framework that coincides in great measure with the approach the Obama administration is taking.
- Ten chapters analyzing the intents and consequences of important policy guidelines and decisions that make up the “Global War on Terror,” with specific recommendations for changing the Bush approach into to something that actually works
- Nine expert contributors, all well-established policymakers and scholars in the field of transnational terrorism
Steve Tsang is professorial fellow and reader in politics at St Antony's College, Oxford University. He is the director of the Pluscarden Programme for the Study of Global Terrorism and Intelligence, and editor of Praeger's Intelligence and Human Rights in the Era of Global Terrorism.
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