Focusing on the phenomenon of terrorism in the age of ISIS/ISIL, Terrorism and Counterterrorism investigates this form of political violence in an international and American context and in light of new and historical trends. In this comprehensive and highly readable text, renowned expert Brigitte Nacos clearly defines terrorism's diverse causes, actors, and strategies; outlines anti- and counter-terrorist responses; and highlights terrorism's relationship with the public and media. Terrorism and Counterterrorism introduces students to the field's main debates and helps them critically assess our understanding of, and our strategies for, addressing this complex and enduring issue.
New to the 5th Edition
Covers important terrorist developments since 2012 including the death of Osama bin Laden, the rise of ISIS, the proliferation of home-grown jihadism including the Boston Marathon bombing, and the revelations of Edward Snowden and the NSA.
Refines the treatment of important issues including "justifiable" or "legitimate" terror, waves of terror, and state sponsored terror, among others.
Amplifies the coverage of media and terrorism including e-terrorism, the role of social media in recruitment, "propaganda by deed," and other cutting edge topics.
Brigitte L. Nacos teaches political science at Columbia University and was a long-time U.S. correspondent for newspapers in Germany.
1. Introduction: The Terrorist Threat PART 1: Terrorism 2. The Perennial Debate: What Is Terrorism? 3. Terrorism in the Global Context 4. Terrorism in the American Context 5. Religious Terrorism: Political Violence in the Name of God 6. The Making of Terrorists: Causes, Conditions, Influences 7. Women, Children, and Terrorism 8. Common Thread: Goals, Targets, and Tactics 9. Organizational Structures and the Financing of Terror PART 2: Counterterrorism 10. Terrorism and America's Post-9/11 National Security Strategy 11. The Utility of Hard and Soft Power in Counterterrorism 12. Balancing Security, Liberty, and Human Rights 13. Homeland Security: Preparedness and Prevention PART 3: Terrorism and Counterterrorism in News Media and Internet 14. Terrorist Propaganda and the Mainstream Media 15. Terror and Hate in Cyberspace 16. Counterterrorism in the News 17. Conclusion: Living with Terrorist Threats APPENDIX: Major Terrorist Incidents since the Late 1970s