The post-9/11 War on Terror has spectacularly failed and this book argues that we now need a radically new approach to dealing with international terrorism. Recent policies have ignored the lessons of the past.Terrorist : How to Respond seeks to remedy this lack of vision by looking at the long history of terrorism and assessing why such violence emerges, how it is sustained, and - most crucially of all - how and why it ends. Written by an historian who has long studied Irish terrorism and politics, this book argues that we cannot adequately respond to the practical challenge of terrorist violence around the world unless we are more honest about the precise nature of the phenomenon, and about explaining its true and complex causes. Drawing on first-hand research into terrorist organizations, Richard English offers an authoritative and accessible analysis of arguably the most urgent political problem of the twenty-first century - and how we can successfully
Richard English is Professor of Politics at Queen's University, Belfast, and author of the award-winning books Armed Struggle: The History of the IRA (2003) and Irish Freedom: The History of Nationalism in Ireland (2006). He is a frequent media commentator on terrorism and political violence - including work for the BBC, the Times Literary Supplement, the Irish Times, Newsweek, the Independent on Sunday, and the Financial Times - and he has lectured widely in Europe and America on the subject of terrorism.
Preface ; 1. What is Terrorism? ; 2. Why do People Resort to Terror? ; 3. What can we Learn from Terrorism Past? ; 4. How Should We Respond? ; Endnotes ; Bibliography ; Index