Defeating the Jihadists: A Blueprint for Action / Edition 1

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Defeating the Jihadists: A Blueprint for Action, the report of a task force assembled and chaired by Richard A. Clarke, assesses the nation's successes and failures in fighting terrorism and provides a detailed action plan for neutralizing the international movement at the core of worldwide terrorism. Central to these plans are the group's proposals for significant changes in U.S. policy toward key Muslim countries. The report also describes the nature of the jihadist threat; provides comprehensive profiles of the various groups; and offers a rationale for the effort and money that would be needed to make the plan a success.

Key strategies covered in depth include:

  • focus on winning the "Battle of Ideas";
  • invest in education and development in Islamic nations;
  • implement tailored strategies for key countries, particularly Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Iraq;
  • defuse sources of Islamic hatred for the United States;
  • improve U.S. intelligence and law enforcement organization;
  • reinvigorate efforts to combat terrorist financing;
  • improve U.S. military organization; and
  • accelerate security investments for ports, trains, and chemical plants.

Complete list of authors includes:
Richard A. Clarke, Glenn P. Aga, Roger W. Cressey, Stephen E. Flynn, Blake W. Mobley, Eric Rosenbach, Steven Simon, William F. Wechsler, and Lee S. Wolosky

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870784910
  • Publisher: The Century Foundation
  • Publication date: 11/11/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 172
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard A. Clarke has served the past three presidents as special assistant to the president for global affairs, national coordinator for security and counterterrorism, and special adviser to the president for cybersecurity. Glenn P. Aga is a former U.S. Air Force intelligence officer. Roger W. Cressey has served as director for transnational threats on the National Security Council staff. Stephen E. Flynn is the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Blake W. Mobley is a doctoral candidate specializing in counterterrorism and international relations at Georgetown University. Eric Rosenbach is a national security consultant for the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University and served four years as a military intelligence officer supporting operations in the Balkans. Steven Simon served five years as director for global issues and senior director for transnational threats at the National Security Council. William F. Wechsler has been special adviser to the secretary of the Treasury, director for transnational threats at the National Security Council, and special assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Lee S. Wolosky served as director for transnational threats on the National Security Council under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2004

    Every Policy Library needs a copy of this book

    Like the 9/11 Commission Report and books such as Imperial Hubris, Defeating the Jihadists is another must-read for anyone wants to better understand the threat a terrorism and just how our government may be mishandling the entire situation. Two chapters in particular stood out for me: Chapter 4: A Country-by-Country Approach and Chapter 5: Partnering with the Islamic World. Chapters 4 lays out in detail the conditions in five nations (Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iran, Pakistan and Iraq) in which terrorists, or as the authors call them 'jihadists,' are seeking to replace existing governments or have already succeeded in installing a fundamentalist regime. Of particular importance, I think, is the discussion of Pakistan (a nuclear country) and the failed policy in Iraq. Chapter 5 discusses how we can partner with Islamic countries to promote ideas like democracy, civil liberties, nonviolence, and protection of noncombatants. This is a dry volume, but that doesn't reduce its importance. Every library in America should have a copy of this book.

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