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Reimagining the National Security State

Liberalism on the Brink

Karen J. Greenberg (Fordham University, New York)



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Cambridge University Press
07 November 2019
Peace studies & conflict resolution; Police & security services; Human rights; Armed conflict; International humanitarian law
Reimagining the National Security State provides the first comprehensive picture of the toll that US government policies took on civil liberties, human rights, and the rule of law in the name of the war on terror. Looking through the lenses of theory, history, law, and policy, the essays in this volume illuminate the ways in which liberal democracy suffered at the hands of policymakers in the name of national security. The contributors, who are leading experts and practitioners in fields ranging from political theory to evolutionary biology, discuss the vast expansion of executive powers, the excessive reliance secrecy, and the exploration of questionable legal territory in matters of detention, criminal justice, targeted killings, and warfare. This book gives the reader an eye-opening window onto the historical precedents and lasting impact the security state has had on civil liberties, human rights and, the rule of law in the name of the war on terror.
Edited by:   Karen J. Greenberg (Fordham University New York)
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 228mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   390g
ISBN:   9781108735803
ISBN 10:   1108735800
Pages:   260
Publication Date:   07 November 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Foreword Donald Glascoff; Part I. The National Security State: Power and Purpose in Perspective: 1. Who's checking whom? Michael J. Glennon; 2. The deep state vs the failed state: illusions and realities in the pursuit of security John Gray; 3. A tale of two countries: fundamental rights in the 'war on terror' Douglas Cassel; 4. The national security state gone awry: returning to first principles Loch K. Johnson; Part II. Tracking the Decline: 5. The illiberal experiment: how Guantanamo became a defining American institution Michel Paradis; 6. National security and court deference: ramifications and worrying trends Laura Pitter; 7. The zealotry of 'terrorism' Thomas A. Durkin; 8. Re-imagining the national security state: illusions and constraints - by the numbers Joshua L. Dratel; 9. Beyond counterinsurgency paradigm of governing: letting go of prediction and the illusion of an internal enemy Bernard E. Harcourt; 10. Re-establishing the rule of law as national security Mary Ellen O'Connell; Part III. Novel Paths Forward: 11. Rethinking the national security state from an evolutionary perspective: a reconnaissance David Sloan Wilson; 12. Concluding remarks John Berger; Select bibliography; Index.

Karen J. Greenberg is the Director of the Center on National Security at Fordham University School of Law. She received her B.A. from Cornell University, New York and her PhD from Yale University, Connecticut. Her books include The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo's First 100 Days (2009) and Rogue Justice: The Making of the Security State (2016). Greenberg edited The Torture Debate in America (2006), co-edited The Torture Papers: The Road to Abu Ghraib (2005) and is Editor-in-Chief of The Soufan Group Morning Brief. She is an International Studies Fellow at New America.

Reviews for Reimagining the National Security State: Liberalism on the Brink

'In Reimagining the National Security State, Karen J. Greenberg has brought together a veritable who's who of scholars and practitioners to help us understand how and why the post-9/11 state of exception favoring security over liberty has increasingly become the norm in American politics. This collection makes for bracing, disturbing, and essential reading for anyone who hopes that we can reset that balance.' Michael C. Desch, Packey J. Dee Professor of International affairs and Director of the Notre Dame International Security Center 'This book brings together some of our finest political thinkers to consider what has happened to the dream of liberal democracy. Has the West permanently lost its way? Is the security state a necessary, perhaps temporary step toward the salvation of democracy in the face of terrorism and the challenges of rising autocratic powers? Or does the security state represent the surrender of values that were presumed to be the core of liberalism in the West? These questions are illuminatingly addressed in this valuable collection.' Larry Wright, author of The Looming Tower and The Terror Years 'This collection of outstanding essays makes clear that America's war on terrorism is undermining its liberal democratic traditions and institutions. Anyone who doubts the Founding Fathers' warnings about the dangers of fighting endless wars should read this important book.' John J. Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago

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