Raphael C. Eze


Worried by the intractability of international terrorism, its attendant destruction of lives as well as the global catastrophic socio-economic cum political consequences, the paper appraised the prevailing American anti-terrorism strategy which is essentially military. It interrogated the effectiveness of the strategy. Utilizing secondary sources of data, content analysis, as well as Frustration-Aggression Theory, it examined the actual causes of anti-America terrorism and U.S. responses. It found that the provocative foreign policy injustices, actions and inactions of the U.S. and her allies against weak state and non state actors are the causes. It also discovered that the prevailing American anti-terrorism military strategy is ineffective as it is not directed at the ‘real causes’ of terrorism. On the basis of the findings, the paper made recommendation as to the effective strategy in fighting terrorism.

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