Debate is an important part of the classroom experience. However, most debate-style readers do a disservice to students by selecting readings from disparate sources that end up talking past one another. As a part of the Debating Politics series from CQ Press, this reader is different. Featuring paired pron pieces written specifically for this volume, Debating Terrorism encourages students to actively grapple with the central debates and questions surrounding the subject of terrorism and counterterrorism . With topics ranging from the root causes of terrorism, the role of religion in terrorism, whether suicide terrorism is ever justified, whether the spread of democracy can help defeat terrorism, and what trade-offs, if any, should exist between security and civil liberties, GottliebÆs outstanding cast of contributors returns in this edition, compelling students to wrestle with the conflicting perspectives that define the field. Gottlieb frames the complexity and sophistication of these issues with incisive chapter headnotes providing students with the requisite context and preparing them to read each argument critically, allowing them to understand the past, present, and future of terrorism and counterterrorism. Each of the selections has been thoroughly updated to account for recent world events, policy changes, and new scholarship. New to the reader, and by reviewer request, is a chapter, “Can Global Institutions Make a Difference in Fighting Terrorism?”
Chapter 12: Conclusion: Is the Threat of Terrorism Being Overstated?
Conclusion: Is the Threat of Terrorism Being Overstated?
- Yes: The threat of terrorism is overblown and more manageable than suspected John Mueller, The Ohio State University
- No: The threat is profound and will remain so for some time Walter Laqueur, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Most of the essays in this volume, though differing in important ways, operate under the assumption that terrorism poses a significant threat to nations and the international community, requiring thoughtful and assertive responses. This assumption was clear in Part I, which debates the nature of terrorist organizations; the root causes, motivations, and tactics of traditional and modern terrorism; and the possibility that terrorists might use weapons of mass destruction. And it has been a ...