For more than two decades the United States has responded to global terrorism primarily as a physical threat, avoiding direct confrontation with the beliefs and ideas that motivate it. This collection of essays seeks to redress this imbalance. It aims to give decision-makers the tools to craft an effective strategy for countering and defeating the beliefs that motivate Islamist terrorists by examining those beliefs closely and drawing on the lessons to be learned from past ideological conflicts.
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About the Author
Katharine Cornell Gorka is the Executive Director of The Westminster Institute, a non-governmental think-tank which is based in McLean, Virginia.
Table of ContentsIntroduction, Chapter 1: Identifying the enemy after the death of Bin Laden, The West, Islam, and the Counter-Ideological War - Patrick Sookhdeo, Islam and Totalitarianism: The Challenge of Comparison - Stephen Ulph, Chapter 2: Learning from the Past, Ideology and Central Planning: Lessons from the Cold War - John Moore, Political-Ideological Warfare in Integrated Strategy, and its Basis in an Assessment of Soviet Reality - John Lenczowski, Public Diplomacy in an Age of Global Terrorism: Lessons from the Past - Robert Reilly, Chapter 3: Winning the Ideological War, The Jihadist States - Thomas Joscelyn, The Enemy Threat of Al Qaeda: Taking the War to the Heart of our Foe - Sebastian Gorka; End notes, About the authors, About The Westminster Institute
What People are Saying About This
"Tens of millions of souls perished because good men ignored the pernicious nature of National Socialism and communism, and only at the 11th hour did they recognise the true nature of these two malignant ideologies. Today, we need to read books, not to burn or confiscate them. This is one such volume. Only the informed citizen can demand our leadership drop its blinders." Nick Pratt, Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), Executive Director, Program on Terrorism & Security Studies, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies.