Terrorism: The Dilemma of Response

  • Elena Pokalova


Terrorism today presents a global security challenge. However, not a single strategy has been acknowledged as the most effective response to this challenge. Instead, heated debates surround the implementation of anti-terrorist measures. This chapter analyzes available response strategies based on their levels of effectiveness and legitimacy. The goal of this project is to trace the intricate relationships between civil liberties and terrorism and to investigate how civil liberties affect the probability of terrorist attacks. The analysis of empirical data indicates that an increase in civil liberties leads to a decline in the probability of a terrorist attack occurring in a country. This suggests that civil liberties should not be curtailed in the fight against terrorism. In this respect, I argue, the response to terrorism should be within the law enforcement framework, which does not require the implementation of additional policy provisions inherent in the counter-terrorism approach.


Terrorist Attack Armed Conflict Civil Liberty Liberal Democracy Terrorist Activity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceKent State UniversityKentUSA

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