The Terrorism Ahead

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M.E. Sharpe, Sep 10, 2007 - History
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Written for students and general readers, this accessible book examines the evolving threat of terrorism and draws on the latest research to assess future trends. The author assumes that terrorism will remain a potent threat to the international system throughout the twenty-first century, primarily because of the convergence of two negative trends: the availability of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Weapons (CBRN)--also known as Weapons of Mass Destruction--and the proliferation of terrorist organizations seeking to achieve mass casualties.

The book surveys specific aspects of contemporary terrorism, including political, social, economic, religious, and ideological factors, globalization as a stimulant to contemporary terrorism, the role of organized crime in terrorist movements, and more. Written with students in college and professional programs in mind, the book includes case studies interspersed throughout the chapters that provide clarifying examples.

 

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Contents

1 The Nature and Definition of Terrorism
3
2 The Historical Evolutionof Modern Terrorism
17
3 Terrorism in the Contextof Global Politics
41
4 Globalization and theInformation Revolution The Impact on Terrorism
62
5 Religious Foundations for Terrorism
83
6 Terrorism and Weaponsof Mass Destruction The Ultimate Fear
103
7 Suicide Bombers The New Face of Terrorism
129
8 Money and Violence The Financial Foundations of Modern Terrorism
148
9 The Terrorism Ahead Root Causes and Future Prospects
167
Notes
193
Index
245
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