Homeland Security: What Is It and Where Are We Going?

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CRC Press, Aug 25, 2011 - Political Science - 199 pages

With the ten-year anniversary of 9/11 now behind us, one critical question persists. Have policies enacted to protect us from terrorist attacks actually made us safer, or have they merely mollified the concerned public with a false sense of security? Homeland Security: What Is It and Where We Are Going combines professional experiences, personal reflections, and academic scholarship to provide a realistic assessment of current policy effectiveness.

Amos Guiora’s background makes him uniquely qualified to address this issue. He was the Judge Advocate for the Israel Defense Forces Home Front Command and the legal advisor to a congressionally mandated task force charged with creating America’s homeland security strategy under the auspices of the Committee on Homeland Security.

This volume:

  • Provides perspectives from a broad array of individuals involved in homeland security
  • Suggests ways to prioritize limited resources
  • Demonstrates the lack of universal consensus regarding the definitions of homeland security and offers insight into what should be the predominant considerations
  • Suggests solutions to a wide variety of dilemmas, including terror financing, cost-benefit analysis of homeland security, international cooperation/intelligence sharing, business continuity, and immigration/narco terrorism

Written in an engaging manner suitable for policy makers, academics, and the general public alike, the book presents examples from the United States and Israel, offering concrete recommendations for the articulation, development, and implementation of effective homeland security strategy.


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Amos Guiora is a professor of law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah and the recipient of the 2011 Faculty Scholarship Award. Incorporating innovative scenario-based instruction to address national and international security issues and challenges, he teaches criminal procedure, international law, global perspectives on counterterrorism, and religion and terrorism. Professor Guiora has published extensively in both the U.S. and Europe on issues related to national security, limits of interrogation, religion and terrorism, the limits of power and multiculturalism, and human rights. He served for 19 years in the Israel Defense Forces as lieutenant colonel (retired), and held a number of senior command positions, including commander of the IDF School of Military Law and legal advisor to the Gaza Strip.

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