Designing Institutions to Deal with Terrorism in the United States

13 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2008 Last revised: 8 Jul 2010

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Martin S. Feldstein

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) (deceased); Harvard University (deceased)

Date Written: January 2008

Abstract

The explosion in the 21st century of terrorist activities by Islamic radicals in the United States, Europe and Asia requires reforming the institutions for domestic counterterrorism (CT) and new international relations among individual national CT organizations. This paper discusses the institutional reforms for CT in the United States, focusing particularly on the changes in the FBI. These changes are compared with the way that the British CT activities of the MI5 and MI6 have evolved in response to terrorism in Britain. The paper also discusses the reasons why there is strong cooperation among the CT activities of all the major governments and with the United States in particular, even when those governments do not agree about military cooperation or about the use of economic sanctions.

Suggested Citation

Feldstein, Martin S., Designing Institutions to Deal with Terrorism in the United States (January 2008). NBER Working Paper No. w13729, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1082748

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