Academic journal article Military Review

THE RED SEA TERROR TRIANGLE: Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Islamic Terror

Academic journal article Military Review

THE RED SEA TERROR TRIANGLE: Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Islamic Terror

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THE RED SEA TERROR TRIANGLE: Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Islamic Terror, Shaul Shay, Rachel Liberman, trans., Transaction Publishers, Piscataway, NJ, 2005, 201 pages, $39.95.

In The Red Sea Terror Triangle, Shaul Shay examines the triangle of countries he considers potential targets in the War on Terrorism-Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen. Shay, a counterterrorism research fellow, is head of the history department of the Israeli Defense Forces. However, this book, like many translated works, is challenging to read because of idiosyncratic sentence structure and word choice.

Shay reviews each country's history, its role in Islam, its problems with postcolonial political stability, and its role in terrorist organizations. The majority of the population in all three countries is Muslim; all three gained independence in the 1950s and 1960s (with the colonial experience leaving a distinct mark on each); and all three countries have had unstable political systems marked by internal and external conflicts. (Even when temporary stability was achieved, it was always by a tyrannical government. …

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