Contending with Terrorism

by Brown, Coté, Lynn-Jones, Miller

ISBN: 9780262289030 | Copyright 2010

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Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, scholars and policy analysts in national security have turned their attention to terrorism, considering not only how to prevent future attacks but also the roots of the problem. This book offers some of the latest research in terrorism studies. The contributors examine the sources of contemporary terrorism, discussing the impact of globalization, the influence of religious beliefs, and the increasing dissatisfaction felt by the world's powerless. They consider the strategies and motivations of terrorists, offering contending perspectives on whether or not terrorists can be said to achieve their goals; explore different responses to the threat of terrorism, discussing such topics as how the United States can work more effectively with its allies; and contemplate the future of al-Qaida, asking if its networked structure is an asset or a liability.

The essays in Contending with Terrorism address some of the central topics in the analysis of contemporary terrorism. They promise to guide future policy and inspire further research into one of most important security issues of the twenty-first century.

ContributorsMax Abrahms, Daniel Byman, Erica Chenoweth, Audrey Kurth Cronin, Renée de Nevers, Mette Eilstrup-Sangiovanni, Hillel Frisch, Calvert Jones, Andrew Kydd, Sean M. Lynn-Jones, Elizabeth McClellan, Nicholas Miller, Assaf Moghadam, Michael Mousseau, Rysia Murphy, William Rose, Paul Staniland, Robert Trager, Barbara Walter, Dessislava Zagorcheva.

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Contents (pg. v)
The Contributors (pg. vii)
Acknowledgments (pg. ix)
Preface (pg. xi)
Part I: Roots of Contemporary Terrorism (pg. 1)
Market Civilization and Its Clash with Terror (pg. 3)
Behind the Curve (pg. 28)
Motives for Martyrdom (pg. 57)
Part II: Terrorist Strategies: Why Are They Chosen? Do They Work? (pg. 91)
The Strategies of Terrorism (pg. 93)
Why Terrorism Does Not Work (pg. 125)
Correspondence (pg. 162)
What Terrorists Really Want (pg. 171)
Correspondence (pg. 199)
Part III: Countering Terrorism (pg. 227)
Deterring Terrorism (pg. 229)
Friends Like These (pg. 266)
NATO’s International Security Role in the Terrorist Era (pg. 303)
Assessing the Dangers of Illicit Networks (pg. 336)
Part IV: The Future of Terrorism (pg. 375)
How al-Qaida Ends (pg. 377)
Contents (pg. v)
The Contributors (pg. vii)
Acknowledgments (pg. ix)
Preface (pg. xi)
Part I: Roots of Contemporary Terrorism (pg. 1)
Market Civilization and Its Clash with Terror (pg. 3)
Behind the Curve (pg. 28)
Motives for Martyrdom (pg. 57)
Part II: Terrorist Strategies: Why Are They Chosen? Do They Work? (pg. 91)
The Strategies of Terrorism (pg. 93)
Why Terrorism Does Not Work (pg. 125)
Correspondence (pg. 162)
What Terrorists Really Want (pg. 171)
Correspondence (pg. 199)
Part III: Countering Terrorism (pg. 227)
Deterring Terrorism (pg. 229)
Friends Like These (pg. 266)
NATO’s International Security Role in the Terrorist Era (pg. 303)
Assessing the Dangers of Illicit Networks (pg. 336)
Part IV: The Future of Terrorism (pg. 375)
How al-Qaida Ends (pg. 377)
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