Countering Terrorism and WMD: Creating a Global Counter-terrorism Network

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Peter Katona, Michael D. Intriligator, John P. Sullivan
Routledge, 2006 - Political Science - 300 pages
(Publisher-supplied data) The purpose of this book is to explain the need for a global network approach to counter-terrorism, and to elaborate how it could be formed. As the authors see it, the world is changing today far more rapidly than ever before, and current public and private institutions cannot keep up with this new paradigm. While terrorism has a long history, it has become the focus of worldwide attention as a result of the September 11, 2001 strikes on the U.S. and later strikes by al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations on a worldwide basis ranging from Indonesia to Tunisia to Spain. Subsequently, there have been various attempts to counter this latest wave of terrorism, including the U.S. strikes against Afghanistan and Iraq, President George W. Bush's declaration of a "War against Terrorism," the creation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the 9/11 Commission and the very recent arrests of Muhammad Naeem Noor Khan, Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani and Issa al-Hindi. Despite these events and reactions, we believe that there is a need to consolidate and expand efforts against terrorism through the creation of an formal and an informal global counterterrorism network. This book contains essays from experts in various disciplines, including clinical medicine and public health; economics, political science, and public policy; and law enforcement, which are our own fields; with those of the military, politics, intelligence and the media to try to give some coherence and direction to this process of forming a global counter-terrorism network. The book identifies the nature of a global counterterrorism network, shows how such a global network could be created, and provides some guidelines for gauging its future effectiveness. This book will be essential reading for all serious students of terrorism and political violence, security studies and for defense and policy analysts.

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About the author (2006)

Peter Katona is Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA. He is a member of the Los Angeles County Bioterrorism Advisory Committee for Public Health Preparedness and Response and of the Biopreparedness Work Group Committee of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Michael D. Intriligator is Professor of Economics, Political Science, and Public Policy at UCLA where he is also Co-Director of the Jacob Marschak Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Mathematics in the Behavioral Sciences.

John P. Sullivan is a practitioner and researcher specializing in conflict studies, terrorism, intelligence, and urban operations. He is a member of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department where he currently serves as a lieutenant. He is co-founder of the Los Angeles Terrorism Early Warning (TEW) Group and coordinates many of its activities.

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