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International Organization and Terrorism

Peter Romaniuk

Subject International Studies » International Organization

Key-Topics counterterrorism, multilateralism, terrorism, United Nations

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781444336597.2010.x


Comment on this article   The period since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 (9/11), has seen an unprecedented increase in scholarly interest in terrorism, with mixed results ( Silke 2007 ). Amid the rush to publish, only a few books, volumes, and articles address terrorism in the context of international organizations (IOs). Nonetheless, this represents an increase on the pre-9/11 period, and contemporary scholars often begin their analyses by reflecting upon the lack of attention to the topic in both the IOs literature and in the broader literature on terrorism (e.g., Boulden and Weiss 2004b :5–10; Luck 2004a :79; Cortright and Lopez 2007 :3). Regarding the latter, researchers within the field of “terrorism studies” cite a gap in knowledge on counterterrorism in general (e.g., Ranstorp 2007 :16) and, both before and after 9/11, have identified the involvement of IOs as an area where further research is needed ( United Nations Terrorism Prevention Branch 2000 ; Crelinsten 2007 ; Jongman 2007 ). Searches of relevant terrorism bibliographies confirm that IOs have entered the debate about terrorism and counterterrorism at the margins only (see Forest 2006 ; Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism Library n.d.). Given this record, my task in this review essay is to reconstruct our knowledge of terrorism and IOs. I do so by tracing elements of continuity ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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