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Combating terrorism : strategies of ten countries
Alexander, Yonah.
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Ann Arbor, MI : University of Michigan Press, [2002]

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xii, 436 pages ; 25 cm
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The tragic events of September 11, 2001, and the consequent "war on terrorism" have made the question of effective counterterrorism policy a growing public concern. The original essays in Combating Terrorism offer a unique overview and evaluation of the counterterrorism policies of ten countries: the United States, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, the United Kingdom, Spain, Israel, Turkey, India, and Japan. Postscripts for each of the country chapters provide post-September 11 assessments of current counterterrorism practices. Most of the contributors to this volume have served in official governmental capacities and many continue to serve as consultants to governmental policy and decision makers.
All of the essays address the same set of questions to allow for cross-national comparison of strategies and an assessment of counterterrorism practices:
What is the governmental and public perception of the sources of terrorism? How successful have the policies of governments been in combating both domestic and international terrorism? What factors influence a government's willingness and ability to cooperate with other countries in combating terrorism? To what degree are the terrorist realities and the concerns of governments interconnected with global terrorism? To what degree are certain countries "natural hosts" of either terrorist groups or propensities that target Western or closely allied interests? To what degree are terrorist organizations mainly concerned about winning political participation in their target countries? Which counterterrorism strategies work, and which do not? What are the lessons of past experiences for future counterterrorism responses at the national, regional, and global levels? The conclusion to the volume summarizes the lessons that may be learned from the experiences of the ten countries and discusses a list of best practices in counterterrorism.
This book will be of interest to policymakers, scholars, and other individuals with professional responsibilities in the area of terrorism and security studies. Written in clear, accessible prose, this book will also appeal to the general reader who is interested in gaining insight into the array of issues facing governments that endeavor to combat terrorism, and into the possible solutions to one of the foremost threats to world peace in our time.
Yonah Alexander is Professor and Director, Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies; Senior Fellow and Director, International Center for Terrorism Studies, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies; and Co-Director, Inter-University Center for Legal Studies, International Law Institute.

Author Notes

Professor Yonah Alexander is Senior Fellow and Director, International Center for Terrorism Studies, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. He is also Director, Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and Co-Director, Inter-University Center for Legal Studies, International Law Institute. He has published over ninety books on international affairs and terrorism, has appeared on television and radio in over forty countries, and serves as an academic consultant on terrorism to both the public and private sectors

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Choice Review

In the explosion of books published on the subject of terrorism since September 11, this volume merits particular attention. The editor is an established scholar on the subject and has assembled an impressive set of essays that review the responses to terrorism in a wide variety of countries. The essayists occasionally devote too many pages to the sources of conflict that have led to terrorism and not enough to the specific government steps, successful and unsuccessful, that have been taken to curb it. But in general, the contributors provide a systematic and serious commentary on counterterrorism from a comparative perspective. Evidently written before September 11, many of the essays end with postscripts that address how the recent events in the US have changed the thinking about terrorism in the particular country under consideration. The postscripts are only marginally useful and far less important than the broader lessons to be learned from what other nations have done when faced with sustained periods of politically motivated violence and the loss of innocent lives. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels. R. A. Strong Washington & Lee University

Table of Contents

Yonah AlexanderPhilip C. Wilcox Jr.Roger W. FontaineAlberto BolivarJames ZackrisonAntonio Remiro Brotons and Carlos EspositoTerence TaylorShlomo GazitGunduz S. Aktan and Ali M. KoknarVed MarwahIsao Itabashi and Masamichi Ogawara and David LehenyYonah Alexander
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Part I North and South America
United Statesp. 23
Argentinap. 62
Perup. 84
Colombiap. 116
Part II Europe
Spainp. 163
United Kingdomp. 187
Part III Middle East
Israelp. 227
Turkeyp. 260
Part IV Asia
Indiap. 301
Japanp. 337
Conclusionp. 375
Notesp. 395
Select Bibliographyp. 425
Contributorsp. 429
Indexp. 431