Contending with Terrorism: Roots, Strategies, and Responses

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Michael E. Brown, Owen R. Coté, Jr., Sean M. Lynn-Jones
MIT Press, 2010 - Political Science - 418 pages
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Experts explore the sources of contemporary terrorism, what terrorists want, and how the United States and other countries should respond.

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.

Max 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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Michael E. Brown is Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. Owen R. Cot Jr. is Associate Director of the Security Studies Program at MIT and Coeditor of International Security. Sean M. Lynn-Jones is Research Associate at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and Coeditor of International Security. Steven E. Miller is Editor-in-Chief of International Security and Director of the International Security Program at the Belfer Center.

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