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
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
- 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 Terrorism Studies
- Provides a clear and accessible survey of the different approaches to counterterrorism and the advantages and disadvantages of each
- Includes a host of contemporary examples and further reading
- Critically evaluates the post-9/11 ‘war on terror’