Political Terrorism: Theory, Tactics and Counter-Measures

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 23, 1989 - Political Science - 248 pages
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This work outlines the important considerations of policy that confront a democratic state in trying to combat terrorism and at the same time remain democratic. Part I of this book, provides the reader with a comprehensive introduction to the definition, history, theory, operation and effects of terrorism as an essential background to policy analysis. Part II analyses counter-terrorist policies. It begins by outlining basic policy choices and then looks at specific policy areas such as the role of intelligence agencies, the use of the armed forces, the development of anti-terrorist legislation and international treaties, and the issue of regulation of media reporting of terrorist incidents. Developments in the strategic dimension of terrorism are discussed in chapters on the importance of hostage takings to international terrorism and issues surrounding state involvement in international terrorism. In the preparation of this second edition, Grant Wardlaw has considerably expanded the second part of the book, focusing firmly upon the international policy consequences of prevalent developments within international terrorism.
 

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Contents

The problem of defining terrorism
3
Terrorism a historical perspective
18
The changing nature of terrorism
25
The purpose of terrorism
34
The development of terrorism as a strategy
43
Trends in terrorism
50
The effects of terrorism
58
Some selected problems in the response to terrorism
63
The legal regulation of terrorism international and national measures
103
Countermeasures against terrorism the intelligence function
131
Terrorist hostagetakings
147
Countermeasures against terrorism the role of behavioural science research
161
State involvement in international terrorism
175
The future of political terrorism
187
Notes
211
Select bibliography
235

Counterterrorist policies fundamental choices
65
Terrorism and the media a symbiotic relationship?
76
The role of the army in counterterrorist operations
87

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