The unending Global War on Terror: Is there an effective nonviolent alternative? Event as iCalendar

(Politics and International Relations, School of Social Sciences)

12 March 2018

2pm

Venue: Pat Hanan Room, CLL Building (207-501)

Dr Charles Webel | Chapman University

On September 11, 2001, nineteen men hijacked four passenger jets and carried out attacks that killed almost 3,000 people in the United States, demonstrating the vulnerability of powerful nations to massive attacks by small groups of violent extremists. This shocking example of “asymmetric warfare” between powerful nations and sub-national adversaries was a wake-up call for a nation seemingly inured to its vulnerability to mass political violence within its borders. But rather than waiting for a full accounting of the facts surrounding the attacks and for a debate of all reasonable responses to them, the US-led coalition chose to respond to the violence with more violence - massive military retaliation framed as a “Global War on Terrorism.” I argue that the US-led counterterrorist strategy initiated by the Bush administration and largely preserved by Obama’s should be reexamined because it has been shown to be largely ineffective in reducing the global incidence and lethality of acts of political violence which Western leaders brand “terrorist”.

Dr Charles Webel is a Professor in Peace and Conflict studies at Chapman University.

 

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