The Future of Terrorism

The Future of Terrorism

ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and What's to Come

eBook - 2018
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An expert on terrorism and an expert on counterterrorism answer the two questions everyone is asking about the rise of terrorism today: why is this happening, and when will it end?

Since the death of bin Laden in 2011, ISIS has risen, al-Qaeda has expanded its reach, and right-wing extremists have surged in the United States for the same simple reason: terrorism works. It's not caused by psychosis or irrationality, as the media often suggests. Instead, it's terrifyingly logical. Violent acts produce political results.

To show why, Walter Laqueur and Christopher Wall explore the history, rationales and precepts of terrorism, from the assassination of Tsar Alexander II, through the terror campaigns by Irish and Indian nationalists, and to the Nazis and Italian Fascists.

To explain why terror is on the rise again, they show how the American invasion of Iraq created the conditions for the emergence of al-Qaeda in Iraq, part of which metastasized into ISIS, while Russia's increasing intervention in Syria allowed both of the organizations to evolve.

The Future of Terrorism brings reason to a topic usually ruled by fear. Laqueur and Wall show the structural features behind contemporary terrorism: how bad governance abets terror; the link between poverty and terrorism; why religious terrorism is more dangerous than secular; and the nature of supposed "lone wolf" terrorists. Fear alone provides no tools to combat the future of terrorism. This book does.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. :, Thomas Dunne Books,, [2018]
ISBN: 9781250142528
1250142520
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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StarGladiator
Apr 26, 2018

Over the past 10 years I have heard and read of countless, endless numbers of // experts on terrorism \\ and // experts on counterterrorism \\ - - how did so many become expert while being unheard of? Did they attend some sort of // expert school \\ ???
And if they are such experts, why didn't they ever offer any advice in the past to avoid so many terrorist incidents???
Somethings just don't add up, ya know? Reminds me about the reputation of MIT, and what I found when I worked through computer consulting companies and came into contact with MIT grads who couldn't think their way out of a paper bag.
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