State of the Struggle: Report on the Battle against Global Terrorism

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The West is in a worsening, eroding position in the struggle against global terrorism. While we have experienced some tactical success and thus far managed to protect the U.S. homeland, the growing tide of radicalization will create an increasingly volatile and dangerous environment. Taking the form of a report card, State of the Struggle assesses the West's progress across a wide array of counterterrorism imperatives. From ethical questions of balancing security and core values to the problems of creating viable...

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Overview

The West is in a worsening, eroding position in the struggle against global terrorism. While we have experienced some tactical success and thus far managed to protect the U.S. homeland, the growing tide of radicalization will create an increasingly volatile and dangerous environment. Taking the form of a report card, State of the Struggle assesses the West's progress across a wide array of counterterrorism imperatives. From ethical questions of balancing security and core values to the problems of creating viable counterterrorism coalitions to the likelihood of terrorist use of biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons, the report examines a wide swath of issues necessary to create workable counterterrorism strategies.

This distinguished group of international terrorist experts, including former congressman Lee Hamilton, explains how the West successfully shut down Afghanistan as a terrorist sanctuary only to face new dangers as that beleaguered nation moves again toward anarchy. The authors explain why Iraq may well become not only a breeding ground for terrorists but a base from which trained operatives will boomerang back to the European continent. The book examines such trends as the rise in suicide terrorism, the effects of al-Qaeda's self-perceived triumph, and the potential for new recruits and new technologies to replenish and advance faster than the West can respond to these challenges. These factors inform the report's predictions about future terrorist threats.

The authors call for a new long-term strategy, with all that implies in terms of allocating resources, maintaining public support, and reversing the swell in terrorist ranks. The current emphasis on military action needs to be shifted. The failure to shape viable longterm policy solutions thus far makes for a bleak outlook.

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Editorial Reviews

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Here is a report card on the U.S. response thus far to the threat of terrorism, authored by members of the Council on Global Terrorism, an independent multinational group of scholars, and government leaders. Hamilton (director, Woodrow Wilson International Ctr. for Scholars), who was vice chair of the 9/11 Commission and cochair of the Iraq Study Group, is eminently qualified for this undertaking, as are his colleagues, an international set of academics and think-tank members. Their report, originally issued a year ago as a photocopy for limited distribution, is now available to the broader public. It features scathing commentary on ten points about the U.S. war on terror, covering topics from Islamic radicalization to coalition building, counterterrorism, and long-term solutions. Each section of the "report card" is granted a series of letter grades and an overall score, with several pages of detailed commentary justifying the committee's evaluation. A summary at the end groups the grades into a final report card and suggests a high likelihood that an act of terrorism against the United States or its allies will be attempted within the next five years. Although this report is, in effect, an interim judgment on a fight against terror that has evolved since the time of writing, its commentary independent of government rhetoric and political campaign posturing recommends it for academic libraries.
—Jenny Emanuel

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815734116
  • Publisher: Council on Global Terrorism
  • Publication date: 2/15/2007
  • Pages: 123
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Lee Hamilton, former representative from Indiana, is president and director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He served as vice chair of the 9/11 Commission and is co-chair, along with James A. Baker, of the Iraq Study Group. Bruce Hoffman is a professor of security studies at Georgetown University's Edmund A.Walsh School of Foreign Service. Brian Michael Jenkins is senior advisor to the president of the RAND Corporation. Paul Pillar , who spent 28 years in the U.S. intelligence community, is now a visiting professor at Georgetown University. Xavier Raufer is director of studies and research in the Research Department on the Contemporary Criminal Menace and a professor at the Paris Institute of Criminology, University of Paris II. Walter Reich is the Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Professor of International Affairs, Ethics and Human Behavior and a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at George Washington University. Fernando Reinares is a professor of political science and security studies at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, and a senior analyst on international terrorism at the Elcano Royal Institute for International and Strategic Studies.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1. Combating Islamic Extremist Terrorism
2. Improving U.S. and Coalition Counterterrorism Capabilities
3. Creating an Effective Coalition to Fight Terrorism
4. Preventing Terrorist Attack with Nukes, "Dirty Bombs," Germs, and Chemicals
5. Protecting the U.S. Homeland
6. Balancing Security and Core Values
7. Reversing Islamic Radicalization
8. High-Risk Areas
9. Shaping Long-Term Solutions
10. Rating the Future Terrorist Threat
In Sum: State of the Struggle
Council Members
Index
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