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Not so extraordinary: the democratisation of UK counterinsurgency strategy

Cochrane, Feargal (2013) Not so extraordinary: the democratisation of UK counterinsurgency strategy. Critical Studies on Terrorism, 6 (1). pp. 29-49. ISSN 1753-9153. (doi:10.1080/17539153.2013.765699) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:37447)

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This article argues that recent developments in UK counterinsurgency strategy and

subsequent counterterror legislation have been informed and enabled by military and

political interventions in Afghanistan and Northern Ireland. The article contains three

interconnecting arguments. First, that UK counterterrorism policies since the intervention

in Afghanistan are an extension of previous practices in Northern Ireland during

the 1970s and 1980s, rather than representing a new phase in security strategy. Second,

that the articulation of the external terror threat by successive UK governments since

9/11 has led to a blurring of emergency law into domestic governance and a movement

of this emergency legislation from the colonial periphery into the metropolitan centre.

Third, the article argues that the techniques at the heart of these counterinsurgency

efforts risk hollowing out the values they are supposed to uphold and defend.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/17539153.2013.765699
Uncontrolled keywords: counterinsurgency; Northern Ireland; surveillance; torture; terrorism
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Feargal Cochrane
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2013 13:39 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:14 UTC
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