chapter  19
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In terrorem Before and after 9/11

Before 9/11 and after 9/11: it is as if the history and future of international relations were disappeared by this temporal rift. Old rules of statecraft, diplomacy and warfare have been thrown out by terrorist and anti-terrorist alike, and in this interregnum – best described by Chris Patten, the last governor of Hong Kong and current EuropeanUnionCommissioner for ExternalAffairs, as one of ‘unilateralist overdrive’ – critical enquiry is threatened by a global in terrorem.2