Terrorism

The Threat of Jihadist Terror to Liberal Democracies

Confusion and incoherence in the theory and practice of war—who or what precisely is the enemy, how war should be prosecuted and legally addressed, and what the answers to these questions might entail for our future political and social organisation, both globally and locally—preoccupy the Western liberal mind. These critical questions arise from the long war on terror. Since 2001, we can identify participants in the “coalition of the willing” against Al Qaeda and its affiliates, pursuing a reasonably robust, if flawed, global strategy abroad. Yet this is offset by the tolerance afforded to illiberal ideologies at home. In some…

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