Terror and Consent: The Wars of the Twenty-First Century

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Anchor Books, 2009 - Political Science - 676 pages
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Philip Bobbitt follows his magisterial Shield of Achilles with an equally provocative analysis of the West's struggle against terror. Boldly stating that the primary driver of terrorism is not Islam but the emergence of market states (like the U.S. and the E.U.), Bobbitt warns of an era where weapons of mass destruction will be commodified and the wealthiest societies even more vulnerable to destabilizing, demoralizing terror. Unflinching in his analysis, Bobbitt addresses the deepest themes of history, law and strategy.
 

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User Review  - sherief - LibraryThing

Bobbitt is surprising and his book is surprisingly nuanced. From any end of the political spectrum, there's much to agree on in this book. Many of the things you think you'll want to disagree with in ... Read full review

TERROR AND CONSENT: The Wars for the Twenty-First Century

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A distinguished scholar proposes an entirely new way of understanding and combating modern terrorism.With the startling statement that "almost every widely held idea we currently entertain about ... Read full review

Contents

Plagues in the Time of Feast
3
The New Masque of Terrorism
23
Arming Terror
85
LAW AND STRATEGY IN
239
STRATEGY AND LAW i N
427
The Properties of Sovereignty
452
Global Governance and Legitimacy
484
The Triage of Terror
511
Acknowledgments
553
Selected Bibliography
651
Annotated Index
667
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Philip Bobbitt is the Herbert Wechsler Professor of Federal Jurisprudence and the Director of the Center for National Security at Columbia University. He is also Senior Fellow at the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas. He has served as Associate Counsel to the President, Legal Counsel to the Senate Select Committee on the Iran-Contra Affair, the Counselor on International Law for the Department of State, and Director for Intelligence Programs, Senior Director for Critical Infrastructure, and Senior Director for Strategic Planning at the National Security Council. Formerly Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, where he was a member of the Modern History faculty, he was subsequently Senior Fellow in War Studies at Kings College, London. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He lives in New York, London, and Austin.

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