Government Response: Coordination and Control

  • Richard Clutterbuck
Part of the RUSI Defence Studies Series book series (RUSIDS)


International cooperation against terrorism amongst the world community as a whole has been largely ineffective because too many countries have been willing to use terrorism, or at least to support it, overtly or covertly, as a tool of foreign policy. This includes notably the Soviet Union, Cuba, Iran, Iraq and Libya but also many other Arab countries (even if only unwillingly paying protection money) who have provided funds and facilities used by the PLO for international terrorist operations; also large numbers of African countries, not only in Southern Africa but, in the guise of supporting ‘wars of national liberation’, in any neighbouring African country they wish to destabilize. The same applies to a lesser extent in the rest of Latin America and Asia. Indeed, if one were to class the tactics of the Second World War resistance fighters against their fellow-countrymen who collaborated with the occupation forces as terrorism (and strictly speaking they were because their aim, however justifiable, was to terrify others who might be induced to collaborate) then very few countries in the world could claim never to have supported terrorists of one kind or another during the past half century.


Police Officer Arab Country Political Violence Government Response Vienna Convention 
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© Royal United Services Institute 1986

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