Edited Volumes

Deterring Terrorism: Theory and Practice (eds.)

Andreas Wenger and Alex Wilner, (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2012).

Suicidal terrorism is widely considered to pose insuperable problems for theories of deterrence. By bringing together deterrence theorists with terrorism specialists this volume rises to the challenge, furthering our understanding of both areas of inquiry and demonstrating the possibilities and limitations of coercive threats in the face of such an extreme test.
— Sir Lawrence Freedman, Professor of War Studies and Vice Principal, King's College London
Deterring terrorist attacks remains a fundamental challenge to international security in the contemporary era. Here is an outstanding volume on this complex subject with much food for thought for scholars and practitioners alike. The chapters offer both depth and breadth to an intractable policy issue in the most compelling manner.
— T.V. Paul, James McGill Professor of International Relations, McGill University

During the Cold War, deterrence theory was the cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy. Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, however, popular wisdom dictated that terrorist organizations and radical fanatics could not be deterred—and governments shifted their attention to combating terrorism rather than deterring it.

This book challenges that prevailing assumption and offers insight as to when and where terrorism can be deterred. It first identifies how and where theories of deterrence apply to counterterrorism, highlighting how traditional and less-traditional notions of deterrence can be applied to evolving terrorist threats. It then applies these theoretical propositions to real-world threats to establish the role deterrence has within a dynamic counterterrorism strategy—and to identify how metrics can be created for measuring the success of terrorism deterrence strategies. In sum, it provides a foundation for developing effective counterterrorism policies to help states contain or curtail the terrorism challenges they face.

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