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The author examines historical and contemporary examples of military involvement in counterterrorism, outlining the specific roles which the armed forces of liberal democracies have performed in combating terrorism, both in a domestic and international context. He describes the political, strategic, conceptual, diplomatic, and ethical problems that can arise when a state’s armed forces become engaged in counterterrorism, and argues that military power can only be employed as part of a coordinated counterterrorist strategy aimed at the containment and frustration, rather than the physical elimination, of the terrorist group(s) concerned.
military involvement in counterterrorism; armed forces of liberal democracies; combating terrorism; domestic and international context; political, strategic, conceptual, diplomatic; ethical problems
Hughes, Geraint Dr., "The Military's Role in Counterterrorism: Examples and Implications for Liberal Democracies" (2011). Monographs, Books, and Publications. 336.