Confronting Global Terrorism and American Neo-Conservatism: The Framework of a Liberal Grand Strategy

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OUP Oxford, Feb 7, 2008 - Law - 270 pages
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This book brings together and subjects to critical scrutiny the core controversies connected to the so-called "War on Terror": When is it legitimate and prudent to use force? Is torture ever justified? Do we need to suspend human rights in order to fight terrorism? Is multi-culturalism the answer to communal conflict? Is Israel's treatment of the Palestinians illegal and immoral, an accelerator of terrorism, or legitimately defensive and largely irrelevant to the terrorism problem? Are terrorists responding to concrete U.S. policies or do they simply hate and wish to destroy Western societies? Liberal intellectuals and political leaders have been slow to articulate a grand strategy informed by liberal values for confronting these issues surrounding global terrorism. The book outlines the framework of a liberal strategy, and exposes the costs of the neo-conservative alternative that has driven US foreign policy since 9/11.

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Dean Farer is a leading scholar in the fields of international law, international relations and human rights. He has been an official in the United States Government's Department of State and Defense, the President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Vice-President of the International League for Human Rights, a Wall Street Lawyer, and legal advisor to the head of the UN's 1993 mission in Somalia.