Multilateral Terrorism Analysis

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Multilateral Counter-terrorism: The Global Politics of Cooperation and Contestation. By Peter Romaniuk. New York, NY: Routledge, 2010. ISBN 978-0-203-85741-0 (ebk). Contents. Tables. Notes. Pp. 218. $35.95 Terrorism represents one of the greatest threats to international peace and security at the global and national level. Faced with this threat, governments have adopted extensive counterterrorism measures in their domestic politics and foreign policy. To what extent do states seek multilateral cooperation in their effort to combat terrorism? This is the central question of Peter Romaniuk’s Multilateral Counter-Terrorism: The Global Politics of Cooperation and Contestation. Considering the fact that over the least decade international organizations (IOs) have come to play a crucial part of global and regional counterterrorism cooperation, it is vital to understand the role of IOs in international arena and how they shape the global politics. In this regard, the author addresses counter-terrorism cooperation beginning from pre-World War II anti-anarchical coaction to post-9/11 multilateral counter-terrorism efforts that took place under and beyond the auspices of the United Nations (UN). Writing a coherent narrative involving a variety of organizations covering over a century of counter-terrorism efforts is difficult, and overall, the author mostly succeeds. Peter Romaniuk takes a power-based approach toward studying international cooperation for counterterrorism. He starts from the premise that cooperation was shaped by states pursuing or defending their national interests through cooperation. Even in a globalized world after 9/11, states tend to count on IOs as channels of power that will bring legitimacy and credibility to thei... ... middle of paper ... ...s that especially after 9/11 attacks, the UN was often at the center of multilateral effort to suppress terrorism; at least with its bodies taking active responsibilities with preventive measures such as diplomatic pronouncements, capacity building and technical assistance programs towards the goal of preventing terrorism. Overall, this is a first-rate chronological treatment of IOs counterterrorism efforts. The book is comprehensive in its treatment of the subject while needing more theoretical back-up to excel in answering to what extent states seek multilateral cooperation in their effort to combat terrorism. Even though this brief review can do little justice to its scope, I think that Multilateral Counter-terrorism is a worth-reading and elaborate source for all students and scholars of international politics, international organizations and terrorism studies.
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