Historicizing waterboarding as a severe torture norm

@article{Cox2018HistoricizingWA,
  title={Historicizing waterboarding as a severe torture norm},
  author={R. Merritt Cox},
  journal={International Relations},
  year={2018},
  volume={32},
  pages={488 - 512}
}
  • R. Cox
  • Published 20 September 2018
  • Political Science
  • International Relations
The debate on waterboarding and the wider debate on torture remains fiercely contested. President Trump and large sections of the US public continue to support the use of waterboarding and other so-called ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ as part of the ‘War on Terror’, thus putting the anti-torture norm under pressure. This article demonstrates that the re-imagining of waterboarding as ‘torture-lite’ is contradicted by the long history of waterboarding itself. Examining pre-modern uses and… 
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