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Combating terrorism; research on nation strategy

Counterterrorism research

Countries use the following tactics to combat terrorism:

Legalistic Policies

Political Pressures

War

Violent Suppression

Violent and Non-violent Covert Operations

Surgical Strikes

Intelligence Gathering

Target Hardening

Economic Pressures

Which two categories of those listed above do you think are the most promising toward combating terrorism? Why do you think so? In your reasoning, include examples of how the tactics chosen by you have worked somewhere in the world.
What are the disadvantages of the tactics you chose? In your reasoning, include examples of how the tactics chosen by you have failed somewhere in the world and why.
Compare and contrast the positives and negatives of implementing the tactics listed above to combat terrorist activities like the 9/11 attacks in the U.S.
Which tactic or a combination of tactics would you recommend for combating terrorist activities like the 9/11 attacks in the U.S.? Support your answers with reasoning and references.
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Which two categories of those listed above do you think are the most promising toward combating terrorism? Why do you think so? In your reasoning, include examples of how the tactics chosen by you have worked somewhere in the world.

Intelligence gathering, economic pressures, and Surgical strikes, though covert operations also are good.

The economic pressures on countries help them understand that the rest of the world is not looking kindly on their support of terrorists, which in turn makes it more difficult for terror groups to expand, train, and work within the country. Any disruption creates at least some type of action and the pressure on governments as a way to control terror activity is good. However, use of economic pressures in the form of pressure on banks to freeze terrorist group accounts or limit their access to investment and financial support also should work.

Surgical strikes can disable and hamper the actions of the terrorists. We have seen the outcomes of surgical strikes that kill terrorist group leaders and at least in some way interrupt leadership. While sometimes it does not last long, other times the sting of such actions means a group needs more funding, which is not something that is easily transmitted into long term action, but does stem the flow of violence in the short term. Losing leaders is especially effective because trust is difficult to acquire in these groups, especially at the highest levels. Plus strategic planning is not something everyone can do. We also saw a change in how and when terror activity occurred in those groups associated with Libya after the strikes on the Gaddafi's compound in 2011. (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/08/world/africa/08tripoli.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0, http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2011/03/2011320202616794816.html ) The ...

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A review of some of the ways countries fight terrorism and their pros and cons.

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