Mark Stewart

Mark Stewart is a civil engineer at the University of Newcastle in Australia. Along with John Mueller, a political scientist at Ohio State University and senior fellow at the Cato Institute, he is the author of “Chasing Ghosts: The Policing of Terrorism,” recently published by Oxford University Press.

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Foreign Policy Essay

The Foreign Policy Essay: Can Terrorists be Scared Straight?

Editor’s Note: Blowhards and wannabes pose a dilemma for domestic counterterrorism. On the one hand, if a fool makes empty threats that he (yes, it’s usually a he) can’t make good on, it seems an overreaction to jail him and throw away the key. On the other hand, incompetent fools can and do kill people, and ignoring their rantings risks at least a few successful attacks.