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The UN and Counter-Terrorism


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Introduction: the Council's fight against international terrorism 1. A constructivist theory of international terrorism 2. The UN and international terrorism. A genealogy 3. The emergence of the dispositif of international terrorism 4. The consolidation of the dispositif: writing the Self and the Other 5. Broadening the dispositif to radicalisation and extremism 6. Where consensus was not reached Conclusion. The long evolution of global counter-terrorism

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Alice Martini is Associate Professor in International Security Studies, Comillas Pontifical University, Spain. She is co-convenor of the Critical Studies on Terrorism Working Group (BISA).


'Grounded in a constructivist approach, The UN and Counter-Terrorism, by Martini (Comillas Pontifical Univ., Spain), joins the burgeoning body of critical studies on terrorism by deconstructing the historical trajectory and evolution of policy at the United Nations. In the initial chapters, Martini's use of overly repetitive, post-structuralist jargon too advanced for a novice yet somewhat unnecessary to those familiar with the existing literature clouds her argument rather than clarifies it. Rather than add explanatory value, these terms tend to reduce it. However, the remainder of the book stands as an intriguing, insightful analysis of the manner in which the UN Security Council and General Assembly have developed an expansionist counter-terrorism policy since their inception. As inherently political actors, these bodies have actively sought to solidify the sovereign state as the primary actor within the international arena and defend the globalist system, thereby promulgating universal notions of civilization itself. Martini's genealogical approach highlights a morally dichotomous, hegemonic, yet flexible discursive framing (e.g., good vs. evil, civilized vs. uncivilized) that the UN strategically employs to establish terrorism as a global enterprise necessitating and justifying exceptional countermeasures. Summing Up: Recommended. With reservations. Graduate students and faculty.' --M. O'Gara, Rocky Mountain College, CHOICE September 2022

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