Terrorism and Counterterrorism

Authored by: Oldrich Bures

Routledge Handbook of Security Studies

Print publication date:  July  2016
Online publication date:  July  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138803930
eBook ISBN: 9781315753393
Adobe ISBN: 9781317620921


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Following the tragic events of 11 September 2001 (9/11), terrorism has become one of the major security threats. The fight against terrorism has, correspondingly, become a key priority for national governments and national security agencies, as well as an important part of the agenda of various international organizations. As a consequence, there has also been a proliferation of academic literature analysing various aspects of terrorism and counterterrorism. Although research on these interrelated topics did not start de novo after 9/11, a lot of the (counter-) terrorism literature has only been written since 2001. In this chapter, only the key debates and findings that go beyond the academic ivory towers are presented.

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