From Terrorism to Politics

From Terrorism to Politics

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How do terrorists become politicians? This book embraces a series of comparative case studies in order to examine important issues regarding the relationship between terrorism and political processes. It identifies the characteristics necessary for the transition from a 'terrorist' organization to a political party and situates this within broader debates about substantive ethical concerns motivating the distinction between legitimate politics and illegitimate violence. The volume offers a presentation of how some terrorist groups see the world in which they live. It also provides an understanding of how established democracies such as the US react to the phenomenon of the terrorist-politician transition. This is a useful resource for students and scholars of international relations, political ethics and comparative politics.
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  • Hardback | 230 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 19.05mm | 567g
  • Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • Aldershot, England, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0754649903
  • 9780754649908
  • 2,398,240

Table of contents

Contents: Foreword; Introduction: the transition process, Rachael M. Rudolph; A successful 'turn over': the African National Congress moves from sabotage to a legitimate political force and from apartheid to democracy, Anisseh Van Engeland; Hezbollah: from a terrorist group to a political party a " social work as a key to politics, Anisseh Van Engeland; Political movements in the making: the Irish Republican Army and Sinn FA(c)in, Anisseh Van Engeland; A political movement to make peace or war? Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) and Batasuna a " the impossible truce, Anisseh Van Engeland; The Islamic Resistance movement in Palestine (Hamas): a successful transition, but will it survive?, Rachael M. Rudolph; The Islamic Jihad movement in Palestine: a wild card in Palestinian politics?, Rachael M. Rudolph; The Islamic Salvation Front: transition FIS-style, Rachael M. Rudolph; Failed attempts: the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) and Union Patriotica (UP), Anisseh Van Engeland; Transition in the Philippines: the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)and the Abu Sayyaf's Group (ASG), Rachael M. Rudolph; Terrorism all the way! Terrorist nihilist groups: the example of al Qaeda, Anisseh Van Engeland; Conclusion: toward a transition theory and implications, Rachael M. Rudolph; Bibliography; Index.
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'The question of which factors lead armed groups to abandon violence and embrace politics to achieve their objectives is very relevant for contemporary security. This volume explores this issue in great detail and through a very strong analysis of a number of case studies it makes an important contribution to our understanding of how terrorists become politicians and how armed groups become political parties.' Francesco Cavatorta, Dublin City University, Ireland '[This book] contains superb essays on why some terrorists and their organizations have successfully transformed themselves to politicians while others have failed...This is an excellent volume for students and scholars of international relations, comparative politics, and political ethics. Highly recommended.' Choice
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About Anisseh Van Engeland

Anisseh Van Engeland, Max Weber Fellow at European University Institute, Assistant Professor, James Madison University, and free lance consultant, USA and Rachael M. Rudolph, Assistant Professor at Emory & Henry College and Instructor at West Virginia University, USA
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