ISBN-10:
0674003942
ISBN-13:
2900674003940
Pub. Date:
10/02/2000
Publisher:
Harvard
Ultimate Terrorists / Edition 1

Ultimate Terrorists / Edition 1

by Jessica Stern
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Overview

As bad as they are, why aren't terrorists worse? With biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons at hand, they easily could be. And, as this chilling book suggests, they soon may well be. A former member of the National Security Council staff, Jessica Stern guides us expertly through a post-Cold War world in which the threat of all-out nuclear war, devastating but highly unlikely, is being replaced by the less costly but much more imminent threat of terrorist attacks with weapons of mass destruction. According to Stern, several factors increase the probability of a major incident. Most important is the emergence of a new breed of terrorists-violent right-wing extremists, apocalyptic groups, and millenarian cults, all less constrained than their predecessors by traditional ethics or political pressures and more capable of recruiting scientists. Such scientists, including unemployed Soviet weapons experts, and the dissemination of know-how about nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons in books and on the Internet heighten the risk. Stern also warns us of the risks posed by the weak states and atomized societies left in the Cold War's wake, including the dangers of theft and smuggling of nuclear and chemical materials from former Soviet facilities. Written from an insider's perspective, The Ultimate Terrorists depicts a not-very-distant future in which both independent and state-sponsored terrorism using weapons of mass destruction could actually occur. But Stern also holds out hope for new technologies that might combat this trend, and for legal and political remedies that would improve public safety without compromising basic constitutional rights. Jessica Stern is a former member ofthe staff of the National Security Council, where she ran the Nuclear Smuggling Interagency group as director for Russian, Ukrainian, and Eurasian affairs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900674003940
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 10/02/2000
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Jessica Stern teaches at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and is a former member of the staff of the National Security Council, where she ran the Nuclear Smuggling Interagency group as director for Russian, Ukrainian, and Eurasian affairs.

Table of Contents

1.Terrorism Today1
2.Definitions11
3.Trojan Horses of the Body31
4.Getting and Using the Weapons48
5.Who Are the Terrorists?69
6.The Threat of Loose Nukes87
7.The State as Terrorist107
8.What Is to Be Done?128
Tables163
Notes169
Acknowledgments203
Index205

What People are Saying About This

Will terrorists soon obtain weapons of mass destruction--nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons? If they do acquire them, will terrorists actually use them for blackmail, retribution, or simply pure destruction? These are the questions that Jessica Stern addresses in this important, well-written, and sensible volume. The Ultimate Terrorists is an excellent introduction to a potentially frightful future.

Robert J. Art

Will terrorists soon obtain weapons of mass destruction--nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons? If they do acquire them, will terrorists actually use them for blackmail, retribution, or simply pure destruction? These are the questions that Jessica Stern addresses in this important, well-written, and sensible volume. The Ultimate Terrorists is an excellent introduction to a potentially frightful future.
Robert J. Art, Brandeis University

Joseph S. Nye

What if the terrorists who bombed the World Trade Center had used a nuclear device or anthrax? Jessica Stern's account reads like a thriller, but is deadly serious. Fortunately, she also provides good advice.
Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Dean, Kennedy School of Government

Dean Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

What if the terrorists who bombed the World Trade Center had used a nuclear device or anthrax? Jessica Stern's account reads like a thriller, but is deadly serious. Fortunately, she also provides good advice.

Anthony Lake

Jessica Stern sounds an important alarm in responsible fashion. A good read as well as good scholarship. I hope her alarm is widely heard.
Anthony Lake, former National Security Advisor

William J. Perry

The Ultimate Terrorists is a timely book on a vitally important subject. Jessica Stern has done a thorough job of research and presents her arguments with clarity and force. This book should be a wake up call for Americans.
William J. Perry, former Secretary of Defense

Walter Laqueur

Jessica Stern's study of terrorism is the most detailed and reliable at this time. It is particularly good with regard to the technical issues involved in biological and chemical terrorism. She acquired unrivaled knowledge, both in a responsible position in government and as an independent scholar. Her book should be widely read and is highly recommended.
Walter Laqueur,

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A thorough review of the types of weapons of mass destruction available to terrorists and how they would gain access to and deploy them. However, a survey of known weapons fails to account for potentially more devastating types that can readily be developed.