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Perspectives on terrorism

Choose ONE of the two essay prompts below. Be sure to answer all parts of the prompt. In doing so, you should demonstrate your understanding of the lectures and readings from Weeks Four and/or Five as fully as possible without simply reiterating my lectures or the book.
1) Explain at least two different perspectives on terrorism, drawing from both lecture and the textbook.
What is terrorism? Who are the actors? What are their interests? How do these actors interact? How might institutions shape these actors’ strategies and interactions? To what extent do the textbook and Max Abrahms differ on how they would answer these questions? If the textbook perspective is correct, what kind of counterterrorism measures would be most effective? If Abrahms’ perspective is correct, what kind of counterterrorism measures would be most effective? What do you think, based on your own understanding of these different perspectives? Explain.
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2) Explain at least two different perspectives on protectionism, drawing from both lecture and the textbook.
What is protectionism? Who are the actors? What are their interests? How do these actors interact? How might institutions shape these actors’ strategies and interactions? To what extent do the textbook and Prof. Brookes differ on how they would answer these questions? What do you think, based on your own understanding of these different perspectives? Is protectionism “good” or “bad” – or something else? Explain.