Getting to Yes With Terrorists

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A law review article, published in the Michigan State Law Review by attorney Marc J. Randazza, highlights shortcomings in the United States' approach to dealing with terrorism.

Since the attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., there has been a flurry of activity aimed at combating terrorism at home and abroad. There is no indication that terrorist attacks on the United States will cease, and there is, furthermore, no indication that the approach to terrorism in this country is likely to change. However, in order to adequately cope with many terrorist situations, our perspective must evolve.

Randazza's study examines the crisis situations of hostage and terrorist activities, as well as the applicability of negotiation theory to them. It discusses current law enforcement and military responses to these crises and the negotiation theories utilized. There is a particular focus on what the author believes to be an underlying weakness in all the theories, which is a neglect or misapplication of political and cultural specific factors to these negotiations.

With recent failures in the war in Iraq, this study has fresh relevance for any commentators seeking background research on the subject of terrorism.

The article is available by clicking the link to the right.

It is also available on the Lexis and Westlaw databases at Marc J. Randazza, Getting to Yes With Terrorists, 2002 L. Rev. Mich. St. U. Det. C.L. 823.

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