In this book, the author, Harry Anastasiou, explains previously unaddressed historical outcomes resulting from the combined impact of the September 11, 2001 attacks and the United States’ subsequent Global War on Terror. While expounding on the finer details of the decades-long interaction between militant jihadism and the Global War on Terror, the analysis explores two contrasting narratives: that of bellicose nationalism and that of peace and democracy. As central drivers in the historical evolution of America, their contrasting influences shaped policy, political culture and strategic approaches in both the domestic and international arenas. Throughout the post-9/11 era, mainstream America underwent significant cultural and political shifts away from the narrative of peace and democracy as it tilted towards bellicose nationalism. Focusing primarily on the presidency of George W. Bush, the book explores how nationalism harmed the rule of law, human rights and democracy, both domestically and internationally. Viewing war as a regime, rather than as a means to promote democracy, the author conducts a reality-based demythologization of war, demonstrating how costly and counterproductive it has been. In this light, he questions the historical efficacy of war as well as the way nationalism both generates and glorifies war.
Harry Anastasiou is professor of International Peace and Conflict Studies at Portland State University.
Chapter 1: The Eclipse of Peace and Democracy
Chapter 2: Key Elaborations on the Nationalist Worldview
Chapter 3: Contrasts Between Bellicose Nationalism and Peace and Democracy as Worldviews
Chapter 4: The Rise of American Nationalism Post 9/11 and Unraveling of International Relations
Chapter 5: The Scope and Vision of America’s Global War on Terror
Chapter 6: An Autopsy of War: The Political and Military Implications of Hard Power
Chapter 7: An Autopsy of War: Corruption as a Moral Problem or Natural Byproduct?
Chapter 8: An Autopsy of War: Nationalism, War, Truth and the Rule of Law
Chapter 9: An Autopsy of War: War as a Regime Versus the Regime of Peace and Democracy
Conclusion: The Obama and Trump Administrations that Followed
“Harry Anastasiou presents some of the most advanced knowledge about how adversarial nationalism conditions democracy, justice, peace, and political culture in ethnocentric terms in nation states. The War on Terror and Terror of War: Bellicose Nationalism versus Peace and Democracy sheds light on issues that deserve more attention yet haven’t been adequately addressed in other studies. These include the importance of understanding how the interconnected nationalist exceptionalism narrative comprising loyalty and duty to the nation and the peace and democracy narrative that includes human rights and the rule of law impact U.S. foreign policy. The author elaborates how both practices, and their values are projected in U.S. economic and military policies that shape global peace and security. This unique and creative book is a must read for peace practitioners, students, and policymakers interested in the role of nationalism as well as global and inter-sectional peace building strategies that are adapted to local environments to generate locally owned diverse peace building practices.”