Countering Global Terrorism and Insurgency: Calculating the by N. Underhill

By N. Underhill

Explores present debates round spiritual extremism as a way to appreciate and re-think the connections among terrorism, insurgency and kingdom failure. utilizing case reviews of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq, she develops a greater figuring out of the underlying factors and stipulations important for terrorism and insurgency to take place.

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Instead, it is argued that in the majority of cases the motivations behind the focus on the role of failed states in terrorism or insurgency are exaggerated to the point of being dangerous and detrimental to policy development in the area. The overall aim of this work then is to develop an in-depth qualitative understanding of which factors play the most significant role in relation to terrorism and the process of state failure by using a number of cases. This should then make it clearer that there is no one factor of state failure or strength that can make a state the ideal location for terrorist or insurgent activity.

Similar to the phenomenon of terrorism, there is really no single definition of what constitutes a failed state, which makes fully understanding it extremely difficult. The aim of this section then is firstly to try to provide the reader with a general understanding of the concept of state failure by providing an overview of some of the most commonly used definitions of state failure that are used today. It will then move on to look at state failure in the context of how it is actually measured and understood, which will allow the reader to understand how a state is actually deemed to have failed in the global context.

Aside from these characteristics, state failure can also occur from a nation’s geographical, physical, historical, and political circumstances, and in many cases the actions of leaders also play a major role in the process. There is also the factor of state formation and how this process may impact on the likelihood of a state failing. 54 As a result, many of these states lack any form of expectation of government or any knowledge of strong statehood. This type of state formation can be seen in many of the African states, as well as in countries such as Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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