Terrorism in the 21st Century

Terrorism in the 21st Century

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For undergraduate-level courses in Terrorism, Political Violence, Defense and National Security, International Politics, International Law, Criminal Justice, Military/Security Studies.Unbiased in perspective, this text makes clear not only what terrorism is, and has been, but also what it may be like in this new century. Using clear, careful explanations of concepts and case studies of real events, it makes this multidimensional, complex, and emotionally tinged phenomena accessible and understandable to those with no scholarly background in the subject. The text 1) examines the known facets of contemporary terrorism-explaining what terrorism is, who carries it out, and how terrorist acts are committed; 2) analyzes the laws and special forces which nations within the international community have created to meet this challenge; and 3) predicts forthcoming patterns of terrorism in the new century. Post-Cold War in focus, it helps today's students evaluate the dimensions of the problems presented by contemporary terrorism-which affect them directly and indirectly-and challenges them to develop solutions.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 305 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.1 x 15.2mm | 385.56g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • 3rd edition
  • 0130975192
  • 9780130975195

Table of contents

Introduction. I. TERRORISM IN PERSPECTIVE. 1. An Idea Whose Time Has Come? 2. Not a Modern Phenomenon. 3. Ideology and Terrorism: Rights from Wrongs? II. WHO ARE THE TERRORISTS? 4. Criminals or Crusaders? 5. Terrorism by the State. 6. "Terrorism, Inc." II. HOW DO THEY OPERATE? 7. Terrorist Training. 8. The Media: A Weapon for Both Sides? 9. Case Study: Domestic Terrorism in the United States. IV. RESPONSES TO TERRORISM. 10. Legal Perspectives on Terrorism. 11. Counterterrorism: The Use of Special Forces. 12. Terrorism, Intelligence, and the Law. 13. Security Measures: A Frail Defense. V. FUTURE TRENDS. 14. The New Terrorist Threat: Weapons of Mass Destruction. 15. Future Trends.
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"Professor Combs has a great deal of scholarly information and knowledge on the subject of terrorism. The text is timely, well thought out, and the author appears to possess a comfortable knowledge of state terrorism as well as terrorism from 'below.' The text has presented a well-documented and reasonable approach that will become a valuable resource and classroom text on the subject of terrorism." - James M. Poland, California State University, Sacramento"Combs makes good use of examples, case studies, anecdotal information, and profiles of terrorists and organizations throughout her work. She helps students thoroughly understand substantive issues and theoretical materials. I have found that the students find the information and illustrations interesting and informative, especially as they relate to contemporary events. The work also reflects up-to-date scholarship . . . both the breadth and depth of research is impressive." - Robert A. Wood, North Dakota State University
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About Cindy C. Combs

Cindy Combs is a professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She teaches classes in Political Violence, International Law, Defense and National Security, and International Environmental Law. She received her undergraduate and master's degrees in Political Science from Appalachian State University and her doctorate from George Washington University, where she was awarded a teaching fellowship.
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