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Does Torture Work?

John W. Schiemann


This book examines whether interrogational torture is effective in obtaining valuable information and at what cost in terms of torture’s brutality and frequency. Interrogational torture’s effectiveness is a necessary condition for its justification by utilitarian proponents. This book tackles this age-old question head on in a new way, employing mathematical game theory – but reserving the math for the appendices. The book draws on historical accounts, previously secret CIA documents in the war on terrorism, and the proposals advanced by torture proponents to build a game theoretic model of in ... More

Keywords: interrogational torture, game theory, CIA, enhanced interrogation techniques, Al Qaeda, terrorism, Senate Intelligence Committee report

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190262365
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190262365.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John W. Schiemann, author
Associate Professor of Political Science, Fairleigh Dickinson University