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Tortured Relations: Human Rights Abuses and Counterterrorism Cooperation

  • Emilie M. Hafner-Burton (a1) and Jacob N. Shapiro (a2)

Two big assumptions fuel current mobilization against and policy discussions about the U.S. war on terror and its implications for human rights and international cooperation. First, terrorism creates strong pressures on governments—especially democracies—to restrict human rights. Second, these restrictions are not only immoral and illegal, but also counterproductive to curbing terrorism. If these two assumptions are correct, then democracies face a vicious circle: terrorist attacks provoke a reaction that makes it harder to defeat terrorist organizations.

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Richard J. Aldrich 2009. “European Intelligence Co-operation on Counter-Terrorism: Low Politics and Compulsion.” British Journal of Politics & International Relations 11 (1): 122–39.

Laura Donohue . 2008. The Cost of Counterterrorism: Power, Politics, and Liberty. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Frank Foley . 2009. “Reforming Counterterrorism: Institutions and Organizational Routines in Britain and France.” Security Studies 18: 435–78.

James A. Piazza , and James I. Walsh . 2009. Transnational Terror and Human Rights. International Studies Quarterly 53: 125–48.

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PS: Political Science & Politics
  • ISSN: 1049-0965
  • EISSN: 1537-5935
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