Author Biography

Sybille Reinke de Buitrago is Fellow and doctoral student at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH) in Hamburg, Germany.



Subject Area Keywords

Counterterrorism, Identity, Ideology, Security policy, Sociocultural dynamics in security


The aim of this paper is to show how counterterrorism measures and policy are shaped by the national frame of reference of a country, here in particular the United States. This insight is important not only in the interpretation of political developments but also in the formulation of policy responding to these developments. A better awareness of the influence of the American national reference frame can aid policy makers to formulate effective and constructive policy.