States of War since 9/11
Terrorism, Sovereignty and the War on Terror
Edited by Alex Houen
Routledge – 2014 – 280 pages
This multidisciplinary edited volume explores how the spread of the 'War on Terror' has entwined matters of state sovereignty and states of war into mutually affecting relations.
Pre-emptive attacks on terrorist groups in ‘rogue’ states, ‘outsourcing’ of state militancy and the mutable state of armed conflict required to wage a ‘hybrid war’ have increasingly been issues for the War on Terror. Moreover, such measures have seen the spread of this war to countries such as Israel, Russia, Ethiopia, and Uganda, all of whom have justified their own attacks in other nation-states as a war of ‘self-defence’ against terrorism.
States of War since 9/11 offers a timely, innovative analysis of how the War on Terror has taken on different modes of militancy and militarisation in spreading to different nation-states and regions. Featuring a multidisciplinary line-up of eminent contributors, the book ranges in reference from the early stages of the war up to France’s 2013 intervention in Mali. Part One examines the various modes of war and militarisation that have been employed in particular nation-states, including Afghanistan, Russia and Chechnya, and Israel and Palestine. Part Two examines how the war’s innovations have more generally involved ‘just war theory’, biopolitics and sovereignty, networked battlespace, new military urbanism, citizenship, homeland security and surveillance. Overall, this book offers a fresh insight into how states have attempted to secure their own bounds by extending the boundaries of war itself.
This book will be of much interest to students of critical terrorism studies, foreign policy and IR in general.
Introduction: States at War and Modes of War since 9/11, Alex Houen PART ONE 1. Afghanistan, Pakistan and the War on Terror, Paul Rogers 2. Russia’s War on Terror: Nationalism, Islam and Chechenization, Emma Gilligan 3. Female Militancy and the Wars on Terror: Revisiting Feminist Interventions from South Asia, Neloufer de Mel 4. The Inevitable War on Terror: De-terrorising the Palestinians, Ilan Pappé 5. A Tale of Two Insurgencies: Oil, Authority and the Spectre of Terror in Nigeria, Michael J. Watts 6. From Terror War to Liberal Humanitarian Wars: The Case of the NATO Libyan Intervention, Douglas Kellner 7. Reincarnating Al Qaeda: the Global War on Terror and the ‘Arab Spring’, Jeremy H. Keenan PART TWO 8. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Thinking in New Ways about Just War, Cian O’Driscoll 9. Fighting States of Subjection: The Biopolitical Stakes of the Liberal War on Terror, Julian Reid 10. Recombinant Resilience and the Temptations of Global Interdiction, Martin Coward 11. States of Urban War: Understanding the New Military Urbanism, Stephen Graham 12. War and the Contingency of Citizenship, Vivienne Jabri
Alex Houen is a University Senior Lecturer in English Literature, and a Fellow at Pembroke College, Cambridge. He is author of Powers of Possibility: Experimental American Writing since the 1960s (2011) and Terrorism and Modern Literature, from Joseph Conrad to Ciaran Carson (2002).