Terrorism and Counterterrorism Understanding Threats and Responses in the Post-9/11 World

ISBN-10: 0321164148
ISBN-13: 9780321164148
Edition: 2006
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List price: $50.60
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Longman Publishing
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

This new first edition offers an accessible introduction to terrorism that includes coverage of both new terror in the post-Cold War world as well as historical acts of terror. The author has been selective in her choice of topics, choosing to go into richer detail on fewer issues while nonetheless including coverage of topics that have been ignored by the competition, such as " Terrorist Propaganda and the Media" and " Terror and Hate in Cyberspace." In addition, the author adds the American context of terror to the standard international context offered by most texts.

Brigitte L. Nacos is a journalist and adjunct professor of political science at Columbia University.

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Terrorist Threat
Terrorism Trends over the Last Three Decades
Terrorism
The Perennial Debate: What Is Terrorism?
The Meaning of "Terrorism" over Time
The Definitional Potpourri
Is Terrorism Ever Justified?
State Terror(ism) and State-Sponsored Terrorism
The Meaning of Terrorism in This Volume
Terrorism in the Global Context
The Roots of Modern Terrorism
The Post-World War II Wave
1968: The Advent of Modern-day Terrorism
IRA and ETA: Groups That Do Not Fit the Mold
The Decline of Left-Wing Terrorism
The Rise of Catastrophic Terrorism
Terrorism in the American Context
Right-Wing Terrorism
Left-Wing Terrorism
Single-Issue or Special Interest Terrorism
After Left-Wing and Right-Wing Waves: What Next?
The Making of Terrorists: Causes, Conditions, Influences
Terrorism as a Result of Rational Choice
Terrorism as a Result of Personal Traits
Terrorism as a Result of Social Interaction
Gender Differences in Terrorism: A Myth Rather than Reality
The Lack of the Universal Terrorist Profile
The Stages Leading to Terrorism
The Roots of Terrorism: No Simple Answers
From State Sponsors to Involuntary Hosts
Iran: The Premier Model of State-Sponsored Terrorism
Other State Sponsors of Terrorism
The Case of Saudi Arabia
When Governments Reconsider Their Support for Terrorism
Failed and Failing States, and "Brown Areas"
Involuntary Host Countries
Common Thread: Goals, Targets, Tactics
Do Terrorists Achieve Their Goals?
The Selection of Targets
Terrorist Methods: From Primitive Bombs of WMD
Most Likely CBRN Weapons in the Hands of Terrorists
Organizational Structures and the Financing of Terror
When Terrorist Organizations Lose Their Leaders
The Decline or Abandonment of Terrorism
Financing Terrorism
Anti- and Counter-Terrorism
Balancing Security, Liberty, and Human Rights
The Legal Status of Enemy Combatants
Torture: The Public Debate
Torture: Decision-Makers
Military and Nonmilitary Responses
Military Responses
Nonmilitary Responses
Prevention and Preparedness
It's the Intelligence, Stupid
International Cooperation
Reorganization of Homeland Security in the United States
Reorganization of the Intelligence Community
The Media and the Public
Terrorist Propaganda and the Media
Publicity: The Universal Terrorist Goal
An Alternative View: Contemporary Terrorists Do Not Need Publicity
Terrorism and the Triangle of Communication
Media-Related Goals
Bedfellows in a Marriage of Convenience
Terrorism and the Global Media
Defending the Media
Terror and Hate in Cyberspace
Terrorists and the Newest Communications Technologies
Propaganda and Hero Worship
The Internet as a Tool to Plan Terrorist Operations
Devastating Cyberterrorism
The Web and the Retrieval of Valuable Information
Anti- and Counter-Terrorism in the News
A Model for Public Deliberation
The Media and Military Responses to Terrorism
Terrorism and the Public
Public Assessments in Terrorist Threats and the Fear Factor
Opinion Change as a Result of Terrorism
Public Attitudes on International Terrorists and Sponsor States
Public Approval of Presidents in the Face of Terrorist Crises
When Presidents "Go Public"
Anti- and Counter-terrorist Policies
Assessing Homeland Security and Preparedness
The Public Trusts Republicans More to Fight Terrorism Effectively
Security versus Civil Liberties
Terrorism and the Rational Public
The Moral Force of the Victims of Terrorism
Conclusion: Living with Terrorist Threats
The 9/11 Commission and Reform Proposal
Appendix
Major Terrorist Incidents since the Early 1970s
Incident That Deliberately Targeted Americans and/or American Interests
Incidents That Involved U.S. Victims
Incidents That Did Not Involve Americans
Bibliography
Index

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