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This book examines the underlying foundations on which the European Union's counter-terrorism and police co-operation policies have been built since the inception of the Treaty on European Union, questioning both the effectiveness and legitimacy of the EU's efforts in these two security areas. Given the importance of such developments to the wider credibility of the EU as a security actor, it adopts a more structured analysis of key stages of the implementation process. These include the establishment of objectives, both at the wider level of internal security co-operation and in terms of both counter-terrorism and policing, particularly in relation to the European Police Office, the nature of information exchange and the ‘value added’ by legislative and operational developments at the European level. The book also offers a more accurate appraisal of the official characterisation of the terrorist threat within the EU as a ‘matter of common concern’. In doing so, not only does it raise important questions about the utility of the European level for organising internal security co-operation, but it also provides a more comprehensive assessment of the EU's activities throughout the lifetime of the Third Pillar, placing in a wide and realistic context the EU's reaction to the events of 11 September 2001 and the greater prominence of Islamist terrorism.


The book presents a detailed analysis of Russia’s involvement in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in the turbulent period since the Arab uprisings in 2011. It examines the key policy challenges faced by Russia in the MENA region, in the context both of its own domestic politics and of a changing international system, offering a conceptually rich study that reflects the profound complexity of the evolution of Russian foreign policy over the last decade. The book incorporates chapters on Russia’s involvement in MENA politics and its engagement with other key actors external to the region; Russia’s political and military involvement in the Syrian civil war; the domestic sources of its foreign policymaking in the MENA region; its contest with the Western powers over international norms; its response to the challenge posed by Islamist extremism in the MENA region, including the return of foreign fighters to Russia’s North Caucasus; and its political-military and economic interests in the MENA region. The concluding chapter offers some key insights into Russia’s MENA strategy and analyses the implications of its involvement there for its broader foreign policy, not least its war with Ukraine. The book responds to the surge of interest in Russia’s more assertive strategy following its military campaigns in Syria and Ukraine, challenging arguments expressed in the existing literature while offering an original and vivid account of Russian thinking and decision-making since the inception of the Arab Spring.

Stanley R. Sloan

period against both Russia and Islamist terrorism. The two tasks in many ways have become thoroughly interactive. Russia seeks to use the West’s open democratic systems to influence electoral outcomes to favor its interests while ISIL and similar groups use the freedoms presented by liberal democratic systems to engage in attacks against those systems. As retired general David Petraeus testified before the US House Armed Services Committee in February 2017, “President Putin … understands that, while conventional aggression may occasionally enable Russia to grab a bit

in Transatlantic traumas
David Brown

as a whole. Traditional terrorism – a lingering impact Before moving on to the issue of Islamist terrorism, which has dominated the security agenda in the wake of 11 September, it is worth considering the lingering impact of traditional, secular terrorism beyond 2000. As the EU began providing its own, more detailed assessment in this period, covering both the scale of terrorist attacks and the policing and judicial measures taken to combat it, subsequent analysis will be based primarily on its results. While the US State Department continued with its overall

in The European Union, counter terrorism and police co-operation, 1992–2007
An ad hoc response to an enduring and variable threat
Rashmi Singh

-border Islamist terrorism supported by Pakistan as part of its proxy war against the Indian state. It is important to underscore that towards the end of the 1990s, Pakistan lost control over the local tanzeems it supported in Kashmir, as several of these groups began to look beyond the ISI for support, funding and training. 23 This both augmented and further complicated Islamist terrorism within India. Furthermore, as will be discussed below, even Pakistan's militant proxies, such as Lashkar-i-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad, which in the post-9/11 period had moved more

in Non-Western responses to terrorism
Stanley R. Sloan

cooperating with Russia against Islamist terrorism? Good questions. There are answers. The threats posed by Islamist terror and Russian aggression present themselves in very different ways. But they have one thing in common: both seek to create political and economic chaos in the West, undermining Western economic, political and security systems and, in extremis, creating a new world order in which the West is not the dominant player. They are by no means the only authoritarian regimes out there, but they are the two that most actively seek to undermine the Western system

in Transatlantic traumas
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Ruvani Ranasinha

to the fact that the interests of the Muslim fringe dovetail with a rightwing opposition to multiculturalism … multiculturalism is not a choice, but a fact of life and a source of enrichment’. 5 And yet in the wake of 9/11, two of Britain's hitherto most outspoken critics of racism had little to say about the onslaught of post-9/11 violence against Muslims across the globe. Rushdie's perception of the fatwa against him as a foretaste of Islamist terrorism (‘the first crow

in Hanif Kureishi
Emma Leonard Boyle

affiliation. 8 This system remained until the 2005 referendum, which restored multiparty politics within Uganda, although the recent abolition of term limits and the intimidation of the opposition that has taken place in recent elections have left questions over how democratic Uganda now is. 9 From the mid-1990s onwards, Uganda experienced both domestic terrorism and transnational Islamist terrorism. Domestic non-state terrorism arrived in 1996 in the form of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), who began by attacking border posts along the Uganda

in Non-Western responses to terrorism
Place, space and discourse
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Identity is often regarded as something that is possessed by individuals, states, and other agents. In this edited collection, identity is explored across a range of approaches and under-explored case studies with a view to making visible its fractured, contingent, and dynamic features. The book brings together themes of belonging and exclusion, identity formation and fragmentation. It also examines how identity functions in discourse, and the effects it produces, both materially and in ideational terms. Taking in case studies from Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America, the various chapters interrogate identity through formal governing mechanisms, popular culture and place. These studies demonstrate the complex and fluid nature of identity and identity practices, as well as implications for theorising identity.

Preventing ‘radicalisation’, ‘violent extremism’ and ‘terrorism’
Christopher Baker-Beall

fighters’ and the role of ‘ideology developed in third countries and messages broadcast or sent into Europe’, as areas that would need to be addressed.54 The period from January 2009 to March 2015 was characterised by further evolution in the ‘radicalisation’ strand of the ‘fight against terrorism’ discourse. The EU began to embrace a broader understanding of the ‘radicalisation’ process, noting that ‘radicalisation’ should not be seen as a process limited to just one form of terrorist threat. The removal of all references to ‘Islamic’ or ‘Islamist terrorism’ during this

in The European Union’s fight against terrorism