February 2009, Polity
In this incisive new book, Ronald Crelinsten seeks to provide answers to these pressing questions, challenging readers to think beyond disciplinary and jurisdictional boundaries. He presents an up-to-date and comprehensive introduction to the difficulties and obstacles related to countering terrorism in democratic societies. The counterterrorism framework that he develops in this book reflects the complex world in which we live. The different approaches to counterterrorism provide the organizing theme of the book and help the reader to understand and to appreciate the full range of options available. The book:
- includes a host of contemporary examples and further
- compares and contrasts pre- and post-9/11 approaches;
- critically evaluates the post-9/11 ‘war on terror';
- moves beyond a purely state-centric focus to include non-state
actors and institutions;
- combines hard and soft power approaches;
- considers prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.
Counterterrorism will be an indispensible guide for students, researchers, practitioners and general readers wanting to broaden their knowledge of the possibilities and limitations of counterterrorism today.
Acknowledgments Page vii
Introduction: Terrorism and counterterrorism before and after 9/11 1
1 The context for counterterrorism: a complex security environment 17
2 Coercive counterterrorism 48
3 Proactive counterterrorism 89
4 Persuasive counterterrorism 122
5 Defensive counterterrorism 158
6 Long-term counterterrorism 194
Conclusion: A comprehensive counterterrorism strategy 235
Select bibliography 302
- First book in the exciting new Understanding Terrorism series
which looks at counterterrorism in the modern world
- Written by a leading international scholar in the field of
- Provides a clear and accessible survey of the different
approaches to counterterrorism and the advantages and disadvantages
- Includes a host of contemporary examples and further
- Critically evaluates the post-9/11 ‘war on terror’
Global Change, Peace and Security
"A bold and well-researched book, which blends different bodies of literature on international relations, globalization, civil liberties, and radicalization. As a philosophical inquiry into the nature of counterterrorism, it is a tour de force."
Democracy and Security
"This highly recommended book enriches the theoretical and practical horizons with clear analysis and conceptual relevance, constructing a much-needed bridge between terrorism and counter-terrorism."
Political Studies Review
"Crelinsten's well-measured, original, and humane approach to the theory and practice of counterterrorism is a welcome addition to the academic literature ... what emerges from his fine-grained and astute analysis is a sober and common-sense assessment of ways forward in a complex world."
"[A] sober and lucid analysis."
"A clear, analytical and conceptually relevant book which offers the full spectrum of counterterrorism efforts in the contemporary international relations environment while constructing a much-needed bridge between terrorism and counterterrorism. This book is highly recommended to academics (researchers and students), policy makers, and the interested public and is a must-read for those who wish to clear away the ambiguities surrounding terrorism and the many engaged to prevent it."
Central European Journal of International and Security Studies
"Crelinsten provides a basic framework for understanding counter-terrorism. Solid, well reasoned, insightful, provocative, it will become a classic. Meanwhile, a must read."
Brian Michael Jenkins, Senior Advisor to the President of RAND and author of "Will Terrorists Go Nuclear?"
"Crelinsten presents a comprehensive picture of the dilemmas facing decision makers and the public at large in the extremely complex and dangerous arena of coping with terrorism. At a time when emotions often override wisdom, his incisive analysis and balanced approach are a sane voice that should be heard by everyone who despises terrorism and loves democracy and human rights."
Ariel Merari, Harvard University
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