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Illusions of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism$
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Richard English

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265901

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265901.001.0001

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Counter-Terrorism in the Post-9/11 Era

Counter-Terrorism in the Post-9/11 Era

Successes, Failures and Lessons Learned

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(p.39) 3 Counter-Terrorism in the Post-9/11 Era
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Illusions of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
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Rashmi Singh

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265901.003.0003

This chapter assesses the US-led counter-terrorism response to the September 2001 attacks on the American homeland in order to gauge the successes and failures of the Global War on Terror. It concludes that successes against transnational terrorist threats, as represented by al-Qaida and its affiliates, have been few and far between. Instead, the past decade has been marked by a failure to meet set goals for a number of reasons, including but not limited to: the shifting character of war, the unintended fallouts of the counter-terrorism policies adopted, and an inadvertent strengthening of al-Qaida’s material and ideological capabilities through the US macro-securitisation of the Global War on Terror–all of which point to the absence of a long-term strategic vision. However, our counter-terrorism failures hold crucial lessons for the future and the chapter concludes by outlining how they can enable us to translate our past failures into future successes.

Keywords:   terrorism, counter-terrorism, Global War on Terror, al-Qaida, 9/11, war

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