Terrorism and Counterterrorism / Edition 4

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Focusing on the phenomenon of terrorism in the post-9/11 era, Terrorism and Counterterrorism investigates this form of political violence in an international and American context and in light of new and historical trends. In this comprehensive and highly readable book, Brigitte Nacos, a renowned expert in the field, clearly defines terrorism’s diverse causes, actors, and strategies, outlines anti- and counter-terrorist responses, and highlights terrorism’s relationship with the media and the public.

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“Nacos demonstrates how a skilled educator can guide her students on a clear path through the noisy jungle of terrorism studies. Her work synthesizes a complex and growing field of research, illuminating important concepts and issues with clarity and precision. From beginning to end, this book will certainly enhance any reader’s understanding of terrorism and the counterterrorism challenges of the 21st century.”–James J.F. Forest, United States Military Academy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205005802
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 2/24/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 239,542
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Brigitte Nacos teaches political science at Columbia University and is a long-time U.S. correspondent for newspapers in Germany.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction: The Terrorist Threat


Chapter 2. The Perennial Debate: What is Terrorism?

Chapter 3. Terrorism in the Global Context

Chapter 4. Terrorism in the American Context

Chapter 5. Religious Terrorism: Political Violence in the Name of God

Chapter 6. The Making of Terrorists: Causes, Conditions, Influences

Chapter 7. From State Sponsors to Involuntary Hosts

Chapter 8. Common Thread: Goals, Targets, Tactics

Chapter 9. Organizational Structures and the Financing of Terror


Chapter 10. Terrorism and America’s Post-9/11 National Security Strategy

Chapter 11. The Utility of Hard and Soft Power in Counterterrorism

Chapter 12. Balancing Security, Liberty, and Human Rights

Chapter 13. Homeland Security: Preparedness and Prevention


Chapter 14. Terrorist Propaganda and the Media

Chapter 15. Terror and Hate in Cyberspace

Chapter 16. Conclusion: Living with Terrorist Threats

Appendix. Major Terrorist Incidents Since the Early 1970s

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