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Combating jihadism : American hegemony and interstate cooperation in the War on Terrorism /
Barak Mendelsohn.
imprint
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2009.
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x, 293 p.
ISBN
0226520110 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780226520117 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2009.
isbn
0226520110 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780226520117 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
Interstate cooperation and transnational terrorism -- Spreading jihad: from local jihads to a global jihad -- Irreconcilable approaches: jihadism and the society of states -- Multilateral action and terrorism: general principles -- The suppression of terrorism financing -- Preventing non-state actors from obtaining WMD -- Border controls -- Military interventions and democracy promotion.
catalogue key
6919384
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Barak Mendelsohn is assistant professor of political science at Haverford College.
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Appeared in Choice on 2010-02-01:
Mendelsohn (Haverford College) explains interstate cooperation in opposing Islamic extremism since 2001 with reference to the English School of international relations, as founded by Hedley Bull. Specifically, Mendelsohn examines the international response to September 11 in three areas: combating terrorist funding, stemming the spread of weapons of mass destruction, and implementing border controls. He argues that the decision by states to work with both the US and the UN in these areas is best understood with reference to the nature of al Qaeda as a threat to international society and its shared values and goals, rather than with reference to individual state interests (as the realist view would suggest). His argument is unique, well stated, and well written. This book is essential reading for international relations scholars on all levels, from the newest undergraduates to more seasoned researchers and professionals, and it should have a place on every library shelf by virtue of the novelty of the argument and approach. Summing Up: Essential. All readership levels. M. B. Manjikian Robertson School of Government, Regent University
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"This is a provocative and important study of contemporary terrorism and counterterrorism; it is, in many ways, the best attempt yet to locate these phenomena within general international-relations theory and the workings of the international system. Mendelsohn not only provides a compelling explanation for variation in the degree of international cooperation against terrorism, but also makes an important contribution to how we theorize the institutions of international society."Daniel H. Nexon, Georgetown University
"This is a provocative and important study of contemporary terrorism and counterterrorism; it is, in many ways, the best attempt yet to locate these phenomena within general international-relations theory and the workings of the international system. Mendelsohn not only provides a compelling explanation for variation in the degree of international cooperation against terrorism, but also makes an important contribution to how we theorize the institutions of international society."-Daniel H. Nexon, Georgetown University
"This is a provocative and important study of contemporary terrorism and counterterrorism; it is, in many ways, the best attempt yet to locate these phenomena within general international-relations theory and the workings of the international system. Mendelsohn not only provides a compelling explanation for variation in the degree of international cooperation against terrorism, but also makes an important contribution to how we theorize the institutions of international society."
"In this magnificent, deeply researched, and compelling book, Barak Mendelsohn succeeds in two difficult tasks. He provides a nuanced and richly detailed analysis of the rise of global jihadism and of the counter-strategies that states have adopted to defend themselves. Equally important, Combatting Jihadism makes a major theoretical contribution by explaining the data within the framework of the English School of International Relations. This engaging book lifts the theoretical level of scholarship on terrorism to new heights."-Peter J. Katzenstein, Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies, Cornell University
"In this magnificent, deeply researched, and compelling book, Barak Mendelsohn succeeds in two difficult tasks. He provides a nuanced and richly detailed analysis of the rise of global jihadism and of the counter-strategies that states have adopted to defend themselves. Equally important, Combating Jihadism makes a major theoretical contribution by explaining the data within the framework of the English School of International Relations. This engaging book lifts the theoretical level of scholarship on terrorism to new heights."Peter J. Katzenstein, Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies, Cornell University
"In this magnificent, deeply researched, and compelling book, Barak Mendelsohn succeeds in two difficult tasks. He provides a nuanced and richly detailed analysis of the rise of global jihadism and of the counter-strategies that states have adopted to defend themselves. Equally important, Combating Jihadism makes a major theoretical contribution by explaining the data within the framework of the English School of International Relations. This engaging book lifts the theoretical level of scholarship on terrorism to new heights."-Peter J. Katzenstein, Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies, Cornell University
"In this magnificent, deeply researched, and compelling book, Barak Mendelsohn succeeds in two difficult tasks. He provides a nuanced and richly detailed analysis of the rise of global jihadism and of the counter-strategies that states have adopted to defend themselves. Equally important, Combating Jihadism makes a major theoretical contribution by explaining the data within the framework of the English School of International Relations. This engaging book lifts the theoretical level of scholarship on terrorism to new heights."
"In Combating Jihadism, Mendelsohn not only demonstrates a remarkable knowledge of the complex webs and networks which constitute the core of today's international terrorist threat, but he also effectively details how states have responded to such a challenge. Thus, this is one of the very few books written since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that bridges the gap between the study of contemporary global terrorism and international relations theory. As a result, it is sure to stimulate wide interest in both academic and policy making circles, and is destined to join the list of works that are required reading for any with an interest in the origins, development, and future of terrorism in the contemporary international system."-Allen Carlson, Cornell University
"In Combating Jihadism , Mendelsohn not only demonstrates a
"In Combating Jihadism , Mendelsohn not only demonstrates a remarkable knowledge of the complex webs and networks which constitute the core of today's international terrorist threat, but he also effectively details how states have responded to such a challenge. Thus, this is one of the very few books written since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that bridges the gap between the study of contemporary global terrorism and international relations theory. As a result, it is sure to stimulate wide interest in both academic and policy making circles, and is destined to join the list of works that are required reading for any with an interest in the origins, development, and future of terrorism in the contemporary international system."Allen Carlson, Cornell University
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Summaries
Main Description
Although terrorism is an age-old phenomenon, jihadist ideology is distinctive in its ambition to overthrow the modern state system, abandon the principle of state sovereignty, and destroy the foundations of world order. Barak Mendelsohn argues that a crucial element in responding to such a threat and winning the war against terror in the twenty-first century is the hegemona powerful state that takes the lead and generates cooperation among states to fight jihad. While most analyses of hegemony have focused on power, Mendelsohn firmly grounds the phenomenon in a web of shared norms and rules that both enable and constrain the hegemon's freedom of action. He examines how the presence of a hegemonic state affects international cooperation, security, and international relationsrevealing, for example, why the United States has found greater cooperation for the war in Afghanistan than for the war in Iraq. Tracing and explaining the varying levels of cooperation that exist for suppressing terrorism financing, for preventing non-state actors from obtaining weapons of mass destruction, and for offering military support to U.S. hegemony,Combating Jihadismprovides a nuanced understanding of the interaction between norms and power.
Main Description
Although terrorism is an age-old phenomenon, jihadist ideology is distinctive in its ambition to overthrow the modern state system, abandon the principle of state sovereignty, and destroy the foundations of world order. Barak Mendelsohn argues that a crucial element in responding to such a threat and winning the war against terror in the twenty-first century is the hegemona powerful state that takes the lead and generates cooperation among states to fight jihad. While most analyses of hegemony have focused on power, Mendelsohn firmly grounds the phenomenon in a web of shared norms and rules that both enable and constrain the hegemon's freedom of action. He examines how the presence of a hegemonic state affects international cooperation, security, and international relationsrevealing, for example, why the United States has found greater cooperation for the war in Afghanistan than for the war in Iraq. Tracing and explaining the varying levels of cooperation that exist for suppressing terrorism financing, for preventing non-state actors from obtaining weapons of mass destruction, and for offering military support to U.S. hegemony, Combating Jihadism provides a nuanced understanding of the interaction between norms and power.
Main Description
Although terrorism is an age-old phenomenon, jihadi ideology is distinctive in its ambition to abandon the principle of state sovereignty, overthrow the modern state system, and replace it with an extremely radical interpretation of an Islamic world order. These characteristics reflect a radical break from traditional objectives promoted by terrorist groups. In Combating Jihadism Barak Mendelsohn argues that the distinctiveness of the al-Qaeda threat led the international community to change its approach to counterterrorism. Contrary to common yet erroneous conceptions, the United States, in its role as a hegemon, was critical for the formulation of a multilateral response. While most analyses of hegemony have focused on power, Mendelsohn firmly grounds the phenomenon in a web of shared norms and rules relating to the hegemon's freedom of action. Consequently, he explains why US leadership in counterterrorism efforts was in some spheres successful, when in others it failed or did not even seek to establish multilateral collaborative frameworks. Tracing the ways in which international cooperation has stopped terrorist efforts, Combating Jihadism provides a nuanced, innovative, and timely reinterpretation of the war on terrorism and the role of the United States in leading the fight against al-Qaeda and its affiliates.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Mendelsohn argues that hegemony is grounded in a web of shared norms & rules that both enable & constrain the hegemon's freedom of action. He proposes that a powerful state is needed to take the lead & generate cooperation between international allies in the fight against terrorism.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Interstate Cooperation and Transnational Terrorismp. 1
Spreading Jihad: From Local Jihads to a Global Jihadp. 37
Irreconcilable Approaches: Jihadism and the Society of Statesp. 63
Multilateral Action and Terrorism: General Principlesp. 89
The Suppression of Terrorism Financingp. 113
Preventing Non-State Actors from Obtaining WMDp. 135
Border Controlsp. 161
Military Interventions and Democracy Promotionp. 185
Conclusionp. 211
Notesp. 225
Bibliographyp. 259
Indexp. 277
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