Academic journal article Military Review

A WORLD CHALLENGED: Fighting Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century

Academic journal article Military Review

A WORLD CHALLENGED: Fighting Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century

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A WORLD CHALLENGED: Fighting Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century, Yevgeny M. Primakov, The Nixon Center and Brookings Institution Press, Washington, D.C., 2004, 150 pages, $22.95.

Yevgeny M. Primakov, former Russian Premier and Intelligence Services chief, offers a sobering account of the Russian perspective on the state of terrorism in the world today while addressing the global challenges we face as terrorism evolves in the wake of recent events. In A World Challenged, Primakov draws on a wealth of knowledge and experience to present an alternate view of the war on terrorism, and he does so with remarkable frankness and clarity of thought. His opinions, often controversial yet universally intriguing, are timely and relevant to our efforts to stem the tide of violence that continues to put innocent lives at risk across the world.

Primakov, like most of us, views the lingering state of conflict throughout much of the Middle East as the nexus of terrorist training and activity. He recognizes Al Qaeda as the most significant contemporary threat, but warns that it is but one organization among a multitude seeking the means to wreak havoc, foster anarchy, and collapse world order. However, his belief that the UN can influence events on a world scale with an international code of conduct is naively optimistic for a leader of his prominence and a man with his background in intelligence. …

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