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Combating Terrorism:  Strategies and Approaches

Combating Terrorism: Strategies and Approaches
William C. Banks, Renée de Nevers & Mitchel B. Wallerstein
Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, 2008
HV6432 .B355 2008

Six years after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, terrorism and what to do about it remain in the vortex of policy, political, and legal debates and analyses in the United States. And it is not likely that there will be a significant downturn in the importance attached to combating terrorism anytime soon. Ironically, since the swift and effective U.S. campaign to remove the Taliban and al Queda from Afghanistan, al Queda has reportedly regrouped along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, terrorist cells have developed a lethal and effective franchise in Iraq, and the world has witnessed the emergence of "homegrown" terrorism in London and Madrid. Meanwhile, the U.S. government continues to maintain that additional terrorist strikes on one or more domestic targets are likely, and it has argued successfully that the prospect of more terrorism targeting Americans justifies intrusive new measures to conduct surveillance, without a court order, of the electronic communications of those suspected of ties to terrorism.

Combating Terrorism: Strategies and Approaches seeks to lay out in straightforward terms the challenges confronting U.S. decision makers today and for the foreseeable future as they attempt to anticipate and respond to terrorist threats. The aim of this book is to bring into focus the dominant set of policy problems posed by terrorism in the twenty-first century. Students will find the book particularly useful in helping them understand what is admittedly a disturbing and complicated subject and in reaching their own conclusions about which responses are likely to be effective. The book concentrates primarily on terrorist activity aimed at the United States, whatever its source.

Combating Terrorism has been written for undergraduate and graduate students studying terrorism and national or international security. It seeks to provoke thought and to generate understanding about some of this era's most vexing problems. Although this book assumes basic knowledge of U.S. government institutions and processes, any upper-division student should be able to work with the text. The book also should be readily understandable to the layperson who is seeking an approachable explanation and enhanced understanding of issues that appear virtually every day in the newspapers and on television.

Quoted from preface.