Terrorism in the 21st Century7th Edition
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Updated in its 7th edition, Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century helps readers understand terrorism, responses to it, and current trends that affect the future of this phenomenon. Putting terrorism into historical perspective and analyzing it as a form of political violence, this text presents the most essential concepts, the latest data, and numerous case studies to promote effective analysis of terrorist acts. Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century objectively breaks down the who-what-why-how of terrorism, giving readers a way both to understand patterns of behavior and to more critically evaluate forthcoming patterns.
PART I. TERRORISM IN PERSPECTIVE
Chapter 1. An Idea Whose Time Has Come?
Chapter 2. Not a Modern Phenomenon
Chapter 3. Ideology and Terrorism. Rights from Wrongs?
PART II. WHO ARE THE TERRORISTS?
Chapter 4. Criminals or Crusaders?
Chapter 5. Terrorism by the State
Chapter 6. Terrorism, Inc.
PART III. HOW DO THEY OPERATE?
Chapter 7. Terrorist Training
Chapter 8. The Media. A Weapon for Both Sides?
Chapter 9. Domestic Terrorism in the United States
PART IV. RESPONSES TO TERRORISM
Chapter 10. Legal Perspectives on Terrorism
Chapter 11. Counterterrorism. The Use of Special Forces
Chapter 12. Terrorism, Intelligence, and the Law
Chapter 13. Security Measures. A Frail Defense
PART V. CURRENT TRENDS AND FUTURE PROSPECTS
Chapter 14. New Terrorist Threat. Weapons of Mass Destruction
Chapter 15. Future Trends
- Discusses how globalization is expanding terrorism’s impact and analyzes how well current laws respond to terrorist threats. (ex. p. 45)
- Examines terrorism with an emphasis on the legal and operational definition of terrorist acts rather than an emphasis on the individuals, groups, or states who carry out such acts. (ex. p. 14)
- Puts terrorism in historical perspective through chapter chronologies and comparisons between pre-twentieth century terrorism and present forms of terrorism. (ex. Ch. 2)
- Looks deeply at current examples and applications of key concepts using case studies found throughout the text. (ex. p. 9)
- Evaluates current national and international responses to terrorism at the end of each chapter. (ex. Ch. 10)
- Includes lists of key terms, suggested readings, and useful websites to help students engage and explore the most important concepts. (ex. p. 163)
Cindy C. Combs is Bonnie E. Cone Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.
“This book's major strengths are its content, which is excellent; its organization, which is logical; and the fact that it devotes considerable attention to counterterrorist strategies and operations.”– Nicholas J. Steneck, The Ohio State University
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