How We Talk About the “War on Terrorism”

How We Talk About the “War on Terrorism”

Comparative Research on Japan, Russia, and the United States
Author(s): G Matthew Bonham, Daniel Heradstveit, Michiko Nakano, Victor M Sergeev
Publisher(s): Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI),
Oslo
ISBN: 978-82-7002-176-5
Date of publication: 2007
Issue number: 729
Format: PDF
Pages: 14
URL:
english.nupi.no
Series:
NUPI Working Papers

Description: This paper focuses on how leaders in Western countries talk about the “war on terrorism.” It discusses the difficulties of defining terrorism and analyzes the phrase “war on terrorism” as an ontological metaphor. The authors analyze different perceptions of Western policymakers and offer proposals on how to cope with the societal risks linked to terrorism. The paper argues that metaphors like “war on terrorism” raise problems, do little to increase understanding and are highly counterproductive for communication on the global level.

General note: © 2007 Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)

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