Worlds in Collision: Terror and the Future of the Global Order

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Edited by Ken Booth and Tim Dunne

Basingstoke and New York: Macmillan Palgrave, 2002, x, 376pp, US$59.95 cloth (ISBN 0-333-99804-9), US$17.95 paper (ISBN 0-333-99805-7)

This volume is a must-read for anyone interested in analyzing the tragedy of 11 September 2001 and its aftermath. It is engrossing, comprehensive, and provocative.

Although the book contains thirty-one chapters, the editors have done a remarkable job of ensuring that each is of a high quality. And the chapters all 'hang together,' despite the fact that a variety of opposing viewpoints are included. The result is that this reads as a book - not just an assemblage of articles. Moreover, the list of contributors includes some of the most prolific and most respected scholars in the field - Amitav Acharya, Barry Buzan, Noam Chomsky, Michael Cox, Avi Shalim, Immanuel Wallerstein, and Kenneth Waltz, to mention just a few.

The book is divided into three main sections. The first, entitled 'Terror,' focuses most specifically on the events of 11 September and the problem of terrorism. It includes chapters on intelligence failures, conceptualizing terrorism, the war in Afghanistan, and terrorist finances, among others. One of the many highlights is Michael Byers' discussion of the manner in which terrorism challenges current legal notions about 'self defence.'

The second section takes a broader perspective. …


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