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Countering the New Terrorismby Ian Lesser
Synopses & Reviews
'Traces the recent evolution of international terrorism against civilian and U.S. military targets, looks ahead to where terrorism is going, and assesses how it might be contained. The authors consider the threat of information-based terrorism and of weapons of mass destruction, with an emphasis on how changes in the sources and nature of terrorism may affect the use of unconventional terror. The authors propose counterterrorism strategies that address the growing problem of homeland defense.'
"...goes beyond current debates concerning weapons of mass destruction and provides a new perspective on the changing nature of world politics. The authors' observations on the emergence of amorphous terrorist networks with ambiguous political and religious goals make an important contribution to the literature on terrorism and international affairs." Perspectives on Political Science
"Competent and well-structure analysis and clear conclusions make this book a useful source." Journal of Peace Research
"...provides a vital foundation for those who wish to understand the changing nature of international order and a framework for action on the part of those responsible for combating it." Security Management Magazine
Book News Annotation:
Experts on international terrorism trace the recent evolution of international terrorism against civilian and US military targets, offer judgements on future directions of terrorism, and propose strategies for its containment, in a report prepared for the US Air Force by RAND's Project AIR FORCE. They recommend a national counterterrorism strategy including elements of prevention, deterrence, reducing risk of superterrorism, and retaliation.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
In Countering the New Terrorism, authors Ian Lesser, Bruce Hoffman, John Arquilla, David Ronfeldt, and Michele Zanini trace the recent evolution of international terrorism against civilian and U.S. military targets, offer judgments on the future directions of terrorism, and propose strategies for its containment. Can terrorism be stopped? Contained, yes, stopped, no. This frank report addresses the role of military forces, especially air and space power, in national counterterrorism strategy and stresses that the United States must strive to make terrorism "more transparent" and address the problem of privatized terror.
Recent bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa remind us that U.S. citizens and U.S. interest are not immune to terrorism. Featuring the works of world-renowned experts, this book traces the recent evolution of international terrorism against civilian and U.S. military targets, looks ahead to where terrorism is going, and assesses how it might be contained.
Table of Contents
Foreword (by Brian Michael Jenkins)
Figures and Table
Chapter One: Introduction (by Ian O. Lesser)
Chapter Two: Terrorism Trends and Prospects (by Bruce Hoffman)
Chapter Three: Networks, Netwar, and Information-Age Terrorism (by John Arquilla, David Ronfeldt, and Michele Zanini)
Chapter Four: Countering the New Terrorism: Implications for Strategy (by Ian O. Lesser)
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