The Complexity of Countering Terrorism: Micro, Mid, and Macro Examinations
Goldberg, Alexander Steven
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This thesis examines the complexity of the counter-terrorism dynamic from a macro, mid, and micro perspective. The goal is to examine this dynamic in three distinct spheres, which will better inform the reader of the complexities of combatting terrorism. Chapter I, on a macro level, examines the United States as a modern form of Wolfgang Schivelbusch’s “Culture of Defeat” born from the collective trauma and consciousness that was manifested out of the 9/11 attacks. This vulnerability allowed for the fallacy that was the Global War on Terrorism to be foisted upon an easily manipulated collective consciousness with tragic consequences for true U.S. counter-terrorism efforts and the public’s psyche. Chapter II, on a mid-level, provides analysis and criticism of current American Unmanned Aerial Vehicle policy, tactics, and strategy, and its lack of coordination and integration with the larger counter-terrorism strategy. Chapter III, on a micro level, explores the threat Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb poses on the Sahel region to stability, globalization, and Western interests or efforts within. The research finds that terrorism’s influence is far-reaching in its effect on society, policy, and technology. It is thus imperative to discover how to adapt, evolve, and create a better understanding of the complex, multifaceted, and intricate dynamic that is counter-terrorism.