Contending with Terrorism: Roots, Strategies, and Responses by Michael E. Brown, Owen R. Coté, Sean M. Lynn-Jones, Steven

By Michael E. Brown, Owen R. Coté, Sean M. Lynn-Jones, Steven E. Miller, Owen R. Coté Jr.

"It is tough to be stimulating and instructive on a subject matter that has held as a lot cognizance as has terrorism for a decade and extra. however the essays during this quantity mix these features for the advantage of scholars and specialists alike. The reader will come away with necessary new insights and perspectives."--Philip B. Heymann, James Barr Ames Professor of legislations, Harvard legislations university, writer of Terrorism, Freedom, and protection (Philip B. Heymann )

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War on terror: (1) prevention and defense, (2) denial, (3) counterterrorism, and (4) consequence management. NATO’s efforts at prevention and defense include intelligence sharing and surveillance operations, such as Operation Active Endeavor in the Mediterranean. Because much of NATO’s intelligence is gathered by the United States, there are limits to how much NATO can contribute to the war on terror in this area. The most vital terrorist-related intelligence gathered in Europe comes from police and domestic intelligence agencies, so it is outside the scope of NATO.

Preface xl Second, Cronin argues that al-Qaida will not decline out of a failure to pass on its cause to a second generation. Indeed, it has already inspired a second, third, and fourth generation through its ability to attract radicalized followers who are connected to existing local networks. Cronin contends that the third and fourth ways in which terrorist groups decline—achieving the group’s goal or entering into negotiations—are not relevant to al-Qaida today. Al-Qaida’s goals, including establishing a new Islamic caliphate, removing existing regimes in Muslim countries, and expelling inªdels from the Muslim world—are so broad that they are unlikely to be achieved or negotiated.

Networks supposedly facilitate the exchange of tacit knowledge, but the absence of centralization and hierarchy may mean that members do not receive necessary training. Militants often try to address this problem by establishing training camps, but such camps can be detected and become a security liability. ” Eilstrup-Sangiovanni and Jones look at the record of al-Qaida to determine whether that organization has beneªted from its loose networked structure. Many observers see al-Qaida as a prime example of a network that has been resilient and adaptable.

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