Liberalism in the Post-9/11 World
Indian Journal of Economics & Business, Special Issue, pp. 35-53, 2007
33 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 2006 Last revised: 27 Feb 2012
Date Written: February 1, 2006
The current approach to the war on terror is largely ineffective. Central to this approach are negative sanctions against actual and potential terrorists coupled with attempts to spread liberal democracy through war, occupation and reconstruction. We argue that negative sanctions are unsuccessful and in many cases counter productive in reducing terrorism. Further, we postulate that efforts to impose liberal democracy in weak and failed states via occupation and reconstruction have in large part failed. Only be returning to a position of principled non-intervention can the war on terror ultimately be won.
Keywords: War on terror, social change, liberal democracy
JEL Classification: B52, B53, O17
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