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Losing the democratic moment? Southeast Asia and the war on terror

9 Nov 2004
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A consistent feature that connects terrorists of varying political motives and personality types is the existence of near universal feelings of anger, disempowerment, and frustration. Moreover, to the extent that the denial of human rights robs individuals of their dignity it constitutes a form of structural violence which threatens to intensify these feelings. It is for this reason that authoritarian systems tend to produce more terrorists than democratic systems. In this paper David Wright-Neville assesses the extent of the terrorist problem in Southeast Asia and the extent to which it reflects repressive practices in region.

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