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  • Discussion of armed groups which are considered to include classic insurgents, terrorists, guerrillas, militias, police agencies, criminal organizations, war-lords, privatized military organizations, mercenaries, pirates, drug cartels, apocalyptic religious extremists, orchestrated rioters and mobs, and tribal factions.
  • To study armed groups use of history, political science, anthropology, sociology, theology, and economics are traditional areas of research. The book also delves into matters of ethics, technology, intelligence, education, the law, diplomacy, military science, and even mythology.
  • The book is divided into five sections: History and armed groups, Present context and environment, Religion and inspiration, thinking differently about armed groups, the shpae of things to come.
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Journal of Terrorism and Political Violence by Andrew T.H. Tan, University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia (April 1, 2009)

"The massive volume, with some 32 chapters, appears unwieldly but there are genuine gems.  Divided into five parts, it begins with an examination of the history of armed groups.  The second part examines the present context and environment, with the aim of clarifying the "driving factors that animate the challenges of armed groups today" (p. xvii).    . . .   The third part examines religion as an inspiration ... The fourth section is an analytical section that Norwitz has titled "Thinking Differents About Armed Groups."  ... Finally, the last section examines the shape of things to come.   , , ,

The book is recommended not only for researchers, but also for advanced classes, in which it should generate plenty of discussion."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781884733529
  • Publisher: United States Dept. of Defense
  • Publication date: 8/5/2008
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 501
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author


U. S. Department of Defense: Naval War College

About the Editor, Jeffrey Norwitz

Jeffrey Norwitz has conducted complex criminal, counterintelligence, and counterterrorism investigations for 35 years. He is a federal special agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service teaching National Security Studies at the U.S. Naval War College and holds the John Nicholas Brown Chair of Counterterrorism.  

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FOREWORD
 
Stansfield Turner
 
 
It is gratifying to see the stimulus which the faculty of the NavalWarCollege is continuing
to provide to both the College and the Navy as a whole. In this instance, it is Professor
Jeffrey Norwitz of that faculty who has prodded both institutions to think about how
warfare has migrated from being between states to being between states and armed
groups. Understanding how to deal with this growing dimension of warfare is critically
important today. Jeffrey Norwitz has helped us to do that by bringing together a diverse,
eclectic group of thinkers on contemporary war.
     It is also gratifying to see the continuing support of the Naval War College Foundation
for such projects. The Foundation has played, and does play, an important role in encouraging
original thinking on naval matters. As President of the College some years ago,
I found the Foundation’s support invaluable for projects that were too exploratory to
qualify readily for governmental funding. Yet exploring frontiers is essential in any
profession.
     Armed groups are challenging us on many fronts today. In dealing with them,
though, we must not become so narrowly focused as to lose sight of our democratic principles
and morals. We must not stoop to the tactics of opponents in combating them. For
instance, it is tempting to invade the privacy of our citizens with surveillance in the name
of detecting terrorists. If this is done other than under legal procedures and strict controls,
we will lose our cherished right to individual privacy. We will have won only a Pyrrhic
victory. This has to be a concern deserving the attention of both our civilian and
military leaders.
     Thinkers about naval matters must be able to step back from the pressures of
day-to-day decision-making. They must place what the Navy should be doing now in the
larger context of what the Navy must be able to do and sustain over the long run. That
means not making compromises to meet deadlines or to please superiors at the expense
of ethical principles.
     Since at least Mahan’s day, it has been one role of the NavalWarCollege to make up
for that by being on the cutting edge of naval strategy and tactics, free from more pressing,
immediate concerns. Mahan’s impact on our Navy was enormous. Jeffrey Norwitz’s
voice and the voices of his contributors deserve to be listened to carefully today.
Admiral Stansfield Turner, U.S. Navy (retired)
Director of Central Intelligence (1977–1981)

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Table of Contents

ARMED GROUPS: STUDIES IN NATIONAL SECURITY,
COUNTERTERRORISM, AND COUNTERINSURGENCY
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Foreword, by Admiral Stansfield Turner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . ix
Acknowledgments . . . . . …………. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xi
Introduction, by Jeffrey H. Norwitz, Editor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .... . xv
 
History and Armed Groups
Pirates,Vikings, andTeutonicKnights……. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .... . . . 3
Peter T. Underwood (Naval WarCollege)
 
The Italian Red Brigades (1969–1984): Political Revolution
And Threats to the State. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ………….. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Paul J. Smith (Naval WarCollege)
 
Armed Conflict in Cambodia and the UN Response . ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Carole Garrison (Eastern KentuckyUniversity)
 
Armed Groups and Diplomacy: East Timor’s FRETILIN Guerrillas . . . . .....35
Gene Christy (Department of State)
 
Adapting to a Changing Environment—The Irish Republican Army
as an Armed Group……………. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  47
Timothy D. Hoyt (Naval WarCollege)
 
PseudoOperations—A Double-Edged Sword of Counterinsurgency . . . . .. 61
Theodore L. Gatchel (Naval WarCollege)
 
Present Context and Environment
TheThreat to theMaritime Domain: How Real Is theTerrorist Threat? . . . .  75
Rohan Gunaratna (S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies)
 
ArmedGroups and the Law . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …………… . .  87
Craig H. Allen (University of Washington)
 
Globalization and the Transformation of Armed Groups…. . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
Querine H. Hanlon (NationalDefenseUniversity)
 
Is It Possible to Deter Armed Groups?............... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .127
Yosef Kuperwasser (Brigadier General ret, Israeli Defense Forces)
 
Sanctuary: The Geopolitics of Terrorism and Insurgency…. . . . . . . . . . . . 135
Mackubin Thomas Owens (Naval WarCollege)
 
Small Wars Are Local: Debunking Current Assumptions
About Countering Small Armed Groups……… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .149
Peter Curry (MarineCorpsWarCollege)
 
Piracy and the Exploitation of Sanctuary. ……….. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
Martin N. Murphy (Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies, King’s College London)
 
Domestic Terrorism: Forgotten, But Not Gone …….. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .173
Edward J. Valla and Gregory Comcowich (Federal Bureau of Investigation)

The Threat of Armed Street Gangs in America . . ……... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Edward J. Maggio (New York Institute of Technology)
 
Prosecuting Homegrown Extremists: Case Study of the
Virginia “Paintball Jihad” Cell. . . . . ……………. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201
Steven Emerson (The Investigative Project on Terrorism)
 
Religion as Inspiration
Armed with the Power of Religion: Not Just a War of Ideas . . …... . . . . . . . 215
Pauletta Otis (United States Marine Corps Command and StaffCollege)
 
Arming for Armageddon: Myths and Motivations of Violence
In American Christian Apocalypticism . …………. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225
Timothy J. Demy (Naval WarCollege)
 
Glory in Defeat and Other Islamist Ideologies………. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .237
Mehrdad Mozayyan (Naval WarCollege)
 
Thinking Differently about Armed Groups
The Erosion of Constraints in Armed-Group Warfare:
BloodyTactics andVulnerableTargets …………….. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255
Andrea J. Dew (Naval WarCollege)
 
KnowledgeTransfer and Shared Learning among Armed Groups ….. . . . . .269
JamesJ.F.Forest (Combating TerrorismCenter, West Point)
 
The “Memory of War”: Tribes and the Legitimate Use of Force in Iraq .. . . . 291
Montgomery McFate (Institute for Defense Analysis)
 
Terrorist or Freedom Fighter? Tyrant or Guardian? ……… . . . . . . . . . . . . . 311
Derek S. Reveron (Naval WarCollege) and Jeffrey Stevenson Murer (University of St. Andrews)
 
Disrupting and Influencing Leaders of Armed Groups ……… . . . . . . . . . . . .323
Elena Mastors and Jeffrey H. Norwitz (Naval WarCollege)
 
Armed Groups through the Lens of Anthropology . . . ………... . . . . . . . . . . .343
David W. Kriebel (Naval WarCollege)
 
The Shape of Things to Come
Children on the Battlefield: The Breakdown of Moral Norms . ………. . . . . . .357
P. W. Singer (The Brookings Institution)
 
The “New Silk Road” of Terrorism and Organized Crime:
The Key to Countering the Terror-Crime Nexus. …………. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .371
Russell D. Howard and Colleen M. Traughber (JebsenCenter for Counter-terrorism
Studies, TuftsUniversity)
 
Shari’a Financing and the Coming Ummah. ……………... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 389
Rachel Ehrenfeld and Alyssa A. Lappen (AmericanCenter for Democracy)
 
Terrorism as an International Security Problem …………… . . . . . . . . . .. . . .405
Martha Crenshaw (StanfordUniversity)
 
Takin’ It to the Streets: Hydra Networks, Chaos Strategies,
and the “New” Asymmetry . . …………………... . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . 419
P. H. Liotta (PellCenter for International Relations and Public Policy)
 
Virtual Sanctuary Enables Global Insurgency ………………. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 431
Richard Shultz (TuftsUniversity)
 
Armed Groups: Changing the Rules . . …………………. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 447
T. X. Hammes (Colonel ret, U.S. Marine Corps)
 
Appendix
United Nations Guidelines on Humanitarian Negotiations
With Armed Groups ……………………… . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 457
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

 

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