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Flawed diplomacy : the United Nations and the War on Terrorism

Author: Victor D Comras
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Potomac Books, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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There have been numerous attempts to engage the United Nations in a meaningful campaign against state-supported and other terrorist activities. But the inherently political nature of terrorism has made it exceedingly difficult to obtain global consensus on who even qualifies as a terrorist, much less agreement on counterterrorism measures to pursue.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Victor D Comras
ISBN: 9781597974387 1597974382
OCLC Number: 654816195
Description: xvii, 265 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Terrorism Has a Long History --
2. Al Qaeda Changes the UN's Equation on Terrorism --
3. The United Nations Finally Gets Involved --
4. The Security Council Takes on al Qaeda and the Taliban --
5. The Creation, Role, and Activities of the Al Qaeda and Taliban Monitoring Group --
6. Criminalizing Terrorism and Terrorism Financing --
7. Dealing with the Risk of Nuclear Terrorism --
8. Problems in the General Assembly --
9. More on the Elusive Definition of Terrorism --
10. The Mark of the Secretary-General.
Responsibility: Victor D. Comras.

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