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The US War on Terrorism and Implications for Japan

ISGI Seminar No. 20
Speaker(s) David Leheny
When Oct 28, 2003
from 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM
Where Tokuou-shitsu, Honkan building, Hitotsubashi University Kunitachi Campus (West), Tokyo
Language English
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by Miyuki Kobayashi last modified Mar 01, 2009 11:06 PM

US counterterrorism policy has been marked for decades by a multifaceted, interdepartmental approach, though one unified under the banner of law enforcement. Partly because of US efforts, and partly because of UN efforts, counterterrorism has been increasingly defined at the international level as a "law enforcement" problem, one best met through investigation, prosecution, and imprisonment. But this agreement exists in spite of wide disagreement over what terrorism is and in spite of the lack of evidence over how it can most successfully be confronted.

Terrorism, however, is a special kind of policy problem, in which even one terrorist attack can be used as evidence that government policies are insufficient. The American case demonstrates that the September 11th attacks have been used to expand law enforcement power in a variety of areas, even as they subtly escape from traditional democratic constitutional limits on state power. Although the US maintains extraordinary law enforcement capabilities, and has attempted to export many of these institutions to other nations, American policy is now guided by a logic of warfare rather than a logic of criminal investigation. This talk investigates the implications internationally, particularly for Japan.

David Leheny is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Madison-Wisconsin.

2-1 Naka, Kunitachi, Tokyo 186-8601, Japan. Tel: +81-42-580-9098
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