Academic journal article Military Review

TERRORISM FINANCING AND STATE RESPONSES: A Comparative Perspective

Academic journal article Military Review

TERRORISM FINANCING AND STATE RESPONSES: A Comparative Perspective

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TERRORISM FINANCING AND STATE RESPONSES: A Comparative Perspective, Jeanne K. Giraldo and Harold A. Trinkunas, Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA, 2007,365 pages, $24.95.

Where do terrorists get their money? Have we done all we can in the global War on Terrorism to deny our enemies' financial solvency and the ability to maneuver? What role does the U.S. military play in counterterrorism financing? These are questions prompted by Terrorism Financing and State Responses: A Comparative Perspective, a collection of essays first presented as papers at a 2004 conference at the Naval Postgraduate School. The book attempts, in the editors' words, a "comprehensive assessment of the state of our knowledge about the nature of terrorism financing, the evolution of terrorist strategies and government responses, and the effectiveness of both." Unfortunately, none of the essays directly addresses the large-scale sectarian insurgencies that confront the military today in Iraq and Afghanistan. The book does, however, plumb the murky financial infrastructures and processes of such terrorist organizations as Al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Herein lies the book's value.

Terrorism Financing and State Responses is not a manual for teaching Soldiers in the field how to target enemy financial lines of support, although it does provide terms, concepts, and historical examples for those interested in such a potentially useful activity. Editors Jeanne K. Giraldo and Harold A. Trinkunas are both associated with the National security Affairs Department at the Naval Postgraduate School. Contributors include terrorism, criminal finance, and foreign policy experts affiliated with think tanks located in both academia and the government. …

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