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Terrorism

How to Respond

Richard English

July 2010

ISBN: 9780199590032

192 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

Price: £14.99

Drawing on a wide range of case studies, Richard English argues that we have as yet failed to understand terrorism properly, and that this is at the root of our disastrous failure to respond effectively to terrorism in the post-9/11 crisis.

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Drawing on a wide range of case studies, Richard English argues that we have as yet failed to understand terrorism properly, and that this is at the root of our disastrous failure to respond effectively to terrorism in the post-9/11 crisis.

  • Reveals the long view of terrorism: how it emerges, how it is sustained, and - most crucially - how and why it ends
  • Argues that we need a radically new approach to dealing with international terrorism
  • Deals with the whole spectrum of terrorist organizations, both secular and religious, from the IRA, ETA, and the German Red Army Faction to Islamist terrorist groups in the 21st century such as Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah
  • Draws on first-hand research into terrorist organizations to offer an accessible overview of one of the most important political problems of the 21st century - and how we can effectively respond to it

About the Author(s)

Richard English, Professor of Politics, Queen's University, Belfast

Table of Contents

    Preface
    1:What is Terrorism?
    2:Why do People Resort to Terror?
    3:What can we Learn from Terrorism Past?
    4:How Should We Respond?
    Endnotes
    Bibliography
    Index

Reviews

"If you want to read one book which explains the phenomenon of terrorism, gives you a good historical grasp of the subject while also providing a dispassionate roadmap to guide you through the term's complex meanderings and its many intellectual cul-de-sacs, then this is the book for you. It is outstanding: short and beautifully written, it manages also to be thoroughly on top of its subject." - Conor Gearty, Irish Times

"The clearest thinking on this scourge to have come along in many years." - John Arquilla, Foreign Policy

"The best guide to this subject." - Simon Jenkins, London Evening Standard

"This is a very fine book. It is elegant and persuasively argued from a man who really does know what he is talking about. The long view of Richard English is vital in an age of the knee-jerk." - Fergal Keane, BBC Special Correspondent

"A sober corrective to some dangerous recent misconceptions." - Prospect

"This book strikingly presents questions to scholars, practitioners, and society as a whole as to what the exact meaning of terrorism should be. More important, it presents an argument for a new approach to combating and understanding terrorism ... [P]assionate and persuasive." - International Social Science Review

"Excellent ... a highly accessible, incisive and erudite introduction to the nature, morality, causes and responses to contemporary terrorism rooted in a thorough engagement with history ... a fresh and stimulating perspective on the perennial issues of this perplexing form of contemporary political violence." - Richard Jackson, Kantian Review

"Thoughtful, informed meditation on the state of terrorism research." - Lawrence Freedman, Foreign Affairs

"English negotiates a sophisticated path through the questions of definition and explanation that have long dominated this field ... [The book] retains a credibility and persuasiveness lacked by many of its competitors [and] advances our understanding of terrorism, its costs and its consequences considerably." - International Affairs

"A useful and accessible text for scholars and policymakers alike ... English's book brings much needed attention to the state and the central role it plays in sustaining and ending terrorism ... [it] explores both the analytical and practical problems associated with terrorism." - Terrorism and Political Violence

"A thought-provoking primer for politicians seeking something to stimulate them." - The American Conservative

"Provocative ... controversial." - Publishers Weekly