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Playing it Safe? The Costs and Adverse Effects of Counterterrorism.

Öhnell, David (2009)
Human Rights Studies
Abstract
The purpose of this paper is to evaluate international counterterrorism efforts to estimate their costs and potential adverse effects over time. An underlying presumption of the study is that flawed counterterrorism measures to some extent are counterproductive, and building on this idea a comparison is made between the distinguishing features of the 'War on Terror' and an alternative model in the form of The UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. It is the argument of this paper that although it is difficult to speculate on future results, the Global Strategy constitutes a more promising approach for counterterrorism. The ?War on Terror? contains measures that violate human rights and damage legitimacy, and as such risk a backlash and an... (More)
The purpose of this paper is to evaluate international counterterrorism efforts to estimate their costs and potential adverse effects over time. An underlying presumption of the study is that flawed counterterrorism measures to some extent are counterproductive, and building on this idea a comparison is made between the distinguishing features of the 'War on Terror' and an alternative model in the form of The UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. It is the argument of this paper that although it is difficult to speculate on future results, the Global Strategy constitutes a more promising approach for counterterrorism. The ?War on Terror? contains measures that violate human rights and damage legitimacy, and as such risk a backlash and an increase in terrorist recruitments, while the Global Strategy focuses on building bottom-up and addressing the root causes of terrorism in a wider, more thoroughly planned and sustainable long-term perspective. (Less)
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author
Öhnell, David
supervisor
organization
year
type
L2 - 2nd term paper (old degree order)
subject
keywords
'War on Terror', Human Rights, United Nations, Mänskliga rättigheter, Political and administrative sciences, Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap
language
English
id
1316388
date added to LUP
2009-02-10
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2014-09-04 08:27:48
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  abstract     = {The purpose of this paper is to evaluate international counterterrorism efforts to estimate their costs and potential adverse effects over time. An underlying presumption of the study is that flawed counterterrorism measures to some extent are counterproductive, and building on this idea a comparison is made between the distinguishing features of the 'War on Terror' and an alternative model in the form of The UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. It is the argument of this paper that although it is difficult to speculate on future results, the Global Strategy constitutes a more promising approach for counterterrorism. The ?War on Terror? contains measures that violate human rights and damage legitimacy, and as such risk a backlash and an increase in terrorist recruitments, while the Global Strategy focuses on building bottom-up and addressing the root causes of terrorism in a wider, more thoroughly planned and sustainable long-term perspective.},
  author       = {Öhnell, David},
  keyword      = {'War on Terror',Human Rights,United Nations,Mänskliga rättigheter,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Playing it Safe? The Costs and Adverse Effects of Counterterrorism.},
  year         = {2009},
}