A Contested Threat

The Politics of Security Collaboration for Combating Terrorism

Authored by: Erica Chenoweth

Handbook of Defence Politics

Print publication date:  December  2008
Online publication date:  March  2011

Print ISBN: 9781857434439
eBook ISBN: 9780203804278
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780203804278-5

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Abstract

How should nations organize themselves to maximize their security in the modern world? Whereas inter-state relationships have prevailed in the world to date, non-state and intra-state security threats have become more salient in the 21st century. Clearly, significant co-operation among states is necessary to successfully confront specific non-state security threats like terrorism and transnational organized crime. But the form and nature of this co-operation vary widely and depend on many political and contextual issues that can sometimes constrain a state’s effectiveness in confronting such non-state threats.

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