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States of terror and consent

Philip Bobbitt's sweeping analysis of the relationship between 21st-century states and terrorism could not be more timely. His arguments are radical, but they will not appeal to many Europeans

By Anthony Dworkin   June 2008

Terror and Consent by Philip Bobbitt (Allen Lane, £25)

As the Bush administration nears its end, there is growing excitement in Europe about the chance for a fresh start in transatlantic relations. Despite the best efforts of both sides to smooth over differences in the last few years, the parting of ways between the American government and mainstream European political opinion, which began in 2001, has never fully been reversed.

Nowhere is this more true than in the overlapping areas of security and international law. One of the most compelling aspects of Terror and Consent, Philip Bobbitt’s ambitious new book…

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