Focusing on the phenomenon of terrorism in the post-Cold War and post-9/11 era, Terrorism and Counterterrorism looks at this form of political violence in an international and American context and in light of new and historical trends. Broadly addressing the question "What is terrorism?," Brigitte Nacos, a renowned expert in the field, clearly defines and discusses terrorism's many causes, actors, and strategies as well as anti- and counter-terrorist responses. In addition, this text uniquely investigates terrorism's relationship with the media and the public. Comprehensive and highly readable, Terrorism and Counterterrorism introduces students to key concepts in the study of terrorism and political violence and helps them challenge preconceptions of this complex and vital issue.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction: The Terrorist Threat PART I. TERRORISM Chapter 2. The Perennial Debate: What is Terrorism? Chapter 3. Terrorism in the Global Context Chapter 4. Terrorism in the American Context Chapter 5. Religious Terrorism: Political Violence in the Name of God Chapter 6. The Making of a Terrorists: Causes, Conditions, Influences Chapter 7. From State Sponsors to Involuntary Hosts Chapter 8. Common Thread: Goals, Targets, Tactics Chapter 9. Organizational Structures and the Financing of Terror PART II. ANTI- AND COUNTER-TERRORISM Chapter 10. Balancing Security, Liberty, and Human Rights Chapter 11. Military and Non-Military Responses Chapter 12. Preparedness and Prevention PART III. THE MEDIA AND THE PUBLIC Chapter 13. Terrorist Propaganda and the Media Chapter 14. Terror and Hate in Cyberspace Chapter 15. Anti- and Counter-Terrorism in the News Chapter 16. Terrorism and the Public Chapter 17. Conclusion: Living with Terrorist Threats Appendix. Major Terrorist Incidents Since the Early 1970s
Brigitte Nacos teaches political science at Columbia University and is a long-time U.S. correspondent for newspapers in Germany. Her research and writing concentrates on the links between the media, public opinion, and decision-making on domestic and international terrorism and counterterrorism.