Academic journal article Parameters

Debating Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Conflicting Perspectives on Causes, Contexts, and Responses-Second Edition

Academic journal article Parameters

Debating Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Conflicting Perspectives on Causes, Contexts, and Responses-Second Edition

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The international threat of dealing with terrorism raises interesting questions and is a controversial topic. This controversy is reflected in the revised second edition of Debating Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Conflicting Perspectives on Causes, Contexts, and Responses which provides a more expansive discussion than the first edition of how the international community and organizations can cope with increasing threats.

Editor Stuart Gottlieb has an excellent professional background, serving as a senior foreign policy adviser in the US Congress and specializing in foreign policy, counterterrorism, and international security research and coursework. He is optimistic about how the United States is reacting to current dangers and believes the nation is safer, the intelligence community better coordinated, and defenses against terrorism stronger. Yet, he admits the threat from al-Qaeda has not disappeared, and he divides the book into two sections with 12 chapters focusing on important issues related to the different types of emerging threats.

The first section, "Debating Terrorism," raises important questions: Is the "new terrorism" really new? Does poverty serve as a root cause of terrorism? Can terrorism ever be justified? Does Islam play a unique role in modern religious terrorism? Is suicide terrorism an effective tactic? …

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