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National Insecurity and Human Rights

Democracies Debate Counterterrorism

Alison Brysk (Editor), Gershon Shafir (Editor), Howard Adelman (Contributor), Colm Campbell (Contributor), PIlar Domingo (Contributor), Richard Falk (Contributor), David Forsythe (Contributor), Wolfgang S. Heinz (Contributor), Pedro Ibarra (Contributor), Todd Landman (Contributor), Salvador Martí (Contributor), Daniel Wehrenfennig (Contributor) & 7 more


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Human rights is all too often the first casualty of national insecurity. How can democracies cope with the threat of terror while protecting human rights? This timely volume compares the lessons of the United States and Israel with the “best-case scenarios” of the United Kingdom, Canada, Spain, and Germany. It demonstrates that threatened democracies have important options, and democratic governance, the rule of law, and international cooperation are crucial foundations for counterterror policy.

Contributors: Howard Adelman, Colm Campbell, Pilar Domingo, Richard Falk, David Forsythe, Wolfgang S. Heinz, Pedro Ibarra, Todd Landman, Salvador Martí, Daniel Wehrenfennig
Alison Brysk is Professor of Political Science and International Studies at the University of California, Irvine. Gershon Shafir is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies at the University of California, San Diego.
“This is one of the most acute and lucid analyses of the moral and institutional challenges posted for liberal democratic societies by mega-terrorism. Alison Brysk, Gershon Shafir, and a group of eminent scholars address, with practical understanding and moral insight, the question of how to prevent our reasonable fears for our safety from turning into a moral panic that is incompatible with the effective defense of human rights.”—Tom Farer, University of Denver, former President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

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