PUAF 722: Terrorism and Democracy

Publication Date: 
September 2006
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To understand how our government makes decisions for dealing with crises, most specifically how it selects between the options available for deterring terrorists or for dealing with acts of terrorism that take place. One means of doing this is to study what former US presidents have done to deter terrorism or to grapple with it. Their actions reflected pressures and constraints inherent in our democratic society. Study of past practices should help us understand better how the national security decision process operates in practice, not just in theory.