Divided We Stand: The Strategy and Psychology of Ireland's Dissident Terrorists

Divided We Stand: The Strategy and Psychology of Ireland's Dissident Terrorists

By: John Horgan (author)Hardback

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Terrorism has returned to the streets of Northern Ireland. In the years after the 1998 Real IRA bombing of Omagh, which killed 29 people, violent dissident Republican groups have re-emerged as a major security threat to a region that has been denied peace, stability, and prosperity for too long. Those responsible have many names. They are breakaways, splinter factions, spoilers, and "residual" terrorists. The Real IRA, Continuity IRA, and Oglaigh na hEireann are only some of the groups now responsible for a growing wave of bombings, shootings, threats, and intimidation across Northern Ireland. Commonly known as "the dissidents," these are the rejectionists for whom there seems to be no negotiated settlement, no peace deal, no consensus solution that will convince them to accept the will of the majority of the people on the island of Ireland. Divided We Stand: The Strategy and Psychology of Ireland's Dissident Terrorists presents the results of meticulous research conducted by the International Center for the Study of Terrorism at the Pennsylvania State University. Since 2007, John Horgan, Director of the center, has led a research project to monitor the activities of Ireland's new terrorists. Drawing on one of the largest open-source militant databases ever assembled, Divided We Stand describes the activities, histories, motivations, psychology, and strategy of the small, dynamic, and rapidly evolving splinter groups that continue to erode peace, stability, and normalization in Northern Ireland.

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About Author

John Horgan is Director of the International Center for the Study of Terrorism at the Pennsylvania State University, where he is also Associate Professor of Psychology. He is a leading expert on terrorism, and his books include The Psychology of Terrorism (2005), The Future of Terrorism (2000, with Max Taylor), and Walking Away from Terrorism: Accounts of Disengagement from Radical and Extremist Movements (2009). He is a member of the editorial boards of multiple journals, including Terrorism and Political Violence, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, Behavioral Science of Terrorism and Political Aggression, and Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict. Dr. Horgan is a member of the Research Advisory Board of the FBI's National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC).

Contents

Foreword by John (Lord) Alderdice ; Preface ; Acknowledgements ; Chapter 1 Here to Stay? ; Chapter 2 Interior Rebellion: A History of Irish Republican Splitting ; Chapter 3 The Rise of Dissident Activity ; Chapter 4 Profiles, Patterns, and Personnel ; Chapter 5 Divided We Stand ; Chapter 6 Ourselves Alone ; Chapter 7 A (Short-Term) Counter VDR Strategy ; Chapter 8 Conclusions: Doomed to Failure? ; Appendix ; Glossary ; Select Bibliography

Product Details

  • publication date: 07/03/2012
  • ISBN13: 9780199772858
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9780199772858
  • weight: 430
  • ISBN10: 0199772851

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