The Counter-terrorism Puzzle

The Counter-terrorism Puzzle : A Guide for Decision Makers

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The escalation of global terrorism has left populations across the world and decision-makers unprepared. This book is the first attempt to create a manual of counter-terrorism measures on all relevant operational levels. The author's main purpose is to give decision-makers the tools to make rational and effective decisions in both preventing and countering terrorism. The need to contend with terrorism can be found in almost every sphere of life: Security, prevention and suppression of terrorism, legal and ethical dilemmas regarding democratic issues, such as the individual's human rights, intelligence interrogations, the right of the public to know, as well as coping with social, psychological, and media-related issues. The book deals with all relevant aspects of counter-terrorism and analyzes decision-makers' main dilemmas. It is based on accumulated experience in the field all over the world, particularly in the State of Israel. The method of presentation is to portray the main dilemmas in each sphere of counter-terrorism - defining the threat and appropriate countermeasures, evaluating intelligence, offensive and defensive action, legal and judicial issues, media coverage, international cooperation - and to analyze them in terms of Israel's accumulated experience, comparing them, in many cases, to the experience of other countries. The conceptual models used, and the indexed charts appearing at the end of the discussion of each respective dilemma, enable decision-makers to think rationally without outside considerations, and are based solely on cost/benefit considerations, in order to resolve the dilemma most effectively. This is an essential book in its field. Its professional importance is unrivaled in counter-terrorism, both theoretically and in the scope of its research. It will be of interest to security professionals, students of counter-terrorism methods and those dealing with the planning and application of foreign policy, and journalists.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 317 pages
  • 160 x 236.2 x 30.5mm | 589.68g
  • Taylor & Francis Inc
  • Transaction Publishers
  • Somerset, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0765802988
  • 9780765802989
  • 2,208,638

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-This is one of the most original and important books ever written on terrorism and counterterrorism. For anyone wishing to understand terrorism's impact on society and how to counter it, The Counter-Terrorism Puzzle is indispensable.- --Joshua Sinai, Senior Terrorism Analyst, ANSER (Analytic Services) -Finally a comprehensive and practical guide for busy counter-terrorism decision-makers! Boaz Ganor offers a comprehensive framework to help analysts and officials in dealing with all aspects of terrorism. His insights and advice on issues ranging from intelligence, deterrence, offensive and defensive actions, the media, legislative policies, psychological impact and international cooperation are both timely and important. A must read for all dealing with the phenomenon of terrorism!- --Marc Sageman, author of Understanding Terror Networks. -The Counter-Terrorism Puzzle fills an important gap in the literature. Although much has been written about terrorists and terrorism, until now no authoritative work has addressed the critical dimension of counter-terrorism. Although focused on Israel's experience, The Counter-Terrorism Puzzle is relevant to the dilemmas that all governments face in countering this menace.- --Bruce Hoffman, author of Inside Terrorism "This is one of the most original and important books ever written on terrorism and counterterrorism. For anyone wishing to understand terrorism's impact on society and how to counter it, The Counter-Terrorism Puzzle is indispensable." --Joshua Sinai, Senior Terrorism Analyst, ANSER (Analytic Services) "Finally a comprehensive and practical guide for busy counter-terrorism decision-makers! Boaz Ganor offers a comprehensive framework to help analysts and officials in dealing with all aspects of terrorism. His insights and advice on issues ranging from intelligence, deterrence, offensive and defensive actions, the media, legislative policies, psychological impact and international cooperation are both timely and important. A must read for all dealing with the phenomenon of terrorism!" --Marc Sageman, author of Understanding Terror Networks. "The Counter-Terrorism Puzzle fills an important gap in the literature. Although much has been written about terrorists and terrorism, until now no authoritative work has addressed the critical dimension of counter-terrorism. Although focused on Israel's experience, The Counter-Terrorism Puzzle is relevant to the dilemmas that all governments face in countering this menace." --Bruce Hoffman, author of Inside Terrorism "This is one of the most original and important books ever written on terrorism and counterterrorism. For anyone wishing to understand terrorism's impact on society and how to counter it, "The Counter-Terrorism Puzzle" is indispensable." --Joshua Sinai, Senior Terrorism Analyst, ANSER (Analytic Services) "Finally a comprehensive and practical guide for busy counter-terrorism decision-makers! Boaz Ganor offers a comprehensive framework to help analysts and officials in dealing with all aspects of terrorism. His insights and advice on issues ranging from intelligence, deterrence, offensive and defensive actions, the media, legislative policies, psychological impact and international cooperation are both timely and important. A must read for all dealing with the phenomenon of terrorism!" --Marc Sageman, author of "Understanding Terror Networks." ""The Counter-Terrorism Puzzle "fills an important gap in the literature. Although much has been written about terrorists and terrorism, until now no authoritative work has addressed the critical dimension of counter-terrorism. Although focused on Israel's experience, "The Counter-Terrorism Puzzle" is relevant to the dilemmas that all governments face in countering this menace." --Bruce Hoffman, author of "Inside Terrorism" "This is one of the most original and important books ever written on terrorism and counterterrorism. For anyone wishing to understand terrorism's impact on society and how to counter it, "The Counter-Terrorism Puzzle" is indispensable."--Joshua Sinai, Senior Terrorism Analyst, ANSER (Analytic Services)"Finally a comprehensive and practical guide for busy counter-terrorism decision-makers! Boaz Ganor offers a comprehensive framework to help analysts and officials in dealing with all aspects of terrorism. His insights and advice on issues ranging from intelligence, deterrence, offensive and defensive actions, the media, legislative policies, psychological impact and international cooperation are both timely and important. A must read for all dealing with the phenomenon of terrorism!"--Marc Sageman, author of "Understanding Terror Networks."""The Counter-Terrorism Puzzle "fills an important gap in the literature. Although much has been written about terrorists and terrorism, until now no authoritative work has addressed the critical dimension of counter-terrorism. Although focused on Israel's experience, "The Counter-Terrorism Puzzle" is relevant to the dilemmas that all governments face in countering this menace."--Bruce Hoffman, author of "Inside Terrorism"show more

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