Bluster: Donald Trump's War on Terror

Bluster: Donald Trump's War on Terror

by Peter R. Neumann


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Defeating terrorism was one of Donald Trump's key campaign promises. But there is no easy way to make sense of Donald Trump's war on terror. Is it all bluster, aimed at mobilising his base, or does it represent a genuine shift from previous administrations?

Since Trump took office, American counterterrorism has become more militaristic and less interested in causes and consequences. Relationships with foreign partners have deteriorated and right-wing extremists feel powerful and emboldened. The most significant change of paradigm-the conflation of terrorism, immigration, and Islam-has not just resulted in costly failures, such as the "Muslim ban," but also undermined the trust of immigrant communities and multiculturalism in the US.

In Bluster, Peter Neumann assesses Trump's approach to countering terrorism, and argues that his war on terror looks strong and powerful in the short term, but will cause damage over time. The president has not just failed to provide a strategic framework for defeating terrorism; his entire approach has made the world less safe and undermined America's greatest 'soft power' asset-the very idea of America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190099947
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 01/01/2020
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Peter Neumann is Professor of Security Studies at the Department of War Studies, King's College London, and was director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, 2008-18. He was previously adjunct professor at Georgetown University. His most recent book is Radicalized: New Jihadists and the Threat to the West.

Table of Contents


1 The Trump Doctrine
2 The Campaign
3 Policy and People
4 Banning Muslims
5 Rules of Engagement
6 Defeating ISIS
7 Friends and Foes
8 Homeland


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