Date Thesis Awarded


Access Type

Honors Thesis -- Access Restricted On-Campus Only

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)


International Relations


Clay Clemens

Committee Members

Hiroshi Kitamura

Dennis A. Smith


Since September 11, 2001, many liberal democracies around the world face the threat of jihadi terrorism. Countries have been forced to react to this menace. Policymakers almost universally describe this reaction in terms of striking a new "balance" between rights and security, in favor of security. The goal of this study is to discover whether liberal democracies with extensive previous counterterrorism experience demonstrate greater restraint in their policy reaction to international jihadi terror following 11 September 2001 than those without such experience. I hypothesize that those liberal democracies with significant previous experience combating terrorism will have a smaller deviation from the counterterrorism equilibrium that existed as of 9/11 than those without such experience. In order to test this hypothesis, I look at the cases of the United Kingdom, Spain, the United States, and Australia.

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Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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