The Cyclical Politics of Counterterrorism

June 15, 2017

by Adam I. Klein

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Counterterrorism policy is uniquely shaped by crisis lawmaking—an unexpected attack, a hasty reaction, and a gradual reconsideration and dialing back of the strong measures initially taken—impeding counterterrorism and harming civil liberties. But there may be ways to anticipate and to some degree mitigate the effects of this inevitable cycle.