Lone Wolf Terror and the Rise of Leaderless Resistance

Title:                      Lone Wolf Terror and the Rise of Leaderless Resistance

Author:                 George Michael

Michael, George (2012). Lone Wolf Terror and the Rise of Leaderless Resistance. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press

LCCN:    2011046021

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  • The evolution of war, conflict, and strategy — Leaderless resistance and the extreme right — Ecoextremism and the radical animal liberation movement — The strategic implications of the new world order — The Wiki revolution and the new people power — Weapons of mass destruction and leaderless resistance — The global Islamic resistance movement — Conclusion : fifth-generation warfare and leaderless resistance.


Date Posted:      October 20, 2015

Reviewed by Joseph Sinai[1]

Homegrown “lone wolf”-type terrorism has become a pervasive form of terrorist warfare in Europe and North America, because it is difficult for organized terrorist groups to operate due to the effectiveness of governments’ counterterrorism measures. The author is a professor at the Air War College, and specializes in writing about “lone wolf” terrorism. In this authoritative study he discusses the spectrum of “lone wolf” terrorism together with “leaderless resistance,” another aspect pf such warfare, in which small cells operate without the need for leadership by an outside organization. To explain this phenomena [sic], the. author explains the evolution and strategy of such warfare, which are applied to the case studies of extremist far-right groups in America and Europe, including the Norwegian Anders Breivik; environmental and animal rights extremists, Islamist “lone wolves” such as Major Nidal Hasan, and the likelihood of such cells and individuals to launch weapons of mass destruction warfare.

[1] Sinai, Joseph C. in The Intelligencer: Journal of U. S. Intelligence Studies (20, 1, Spring/Summer 2013, pp. 106-107). Joseph Sinai, Ph.D. Dr. Joshua Sinai is a Washing~ ton-based educator and consultant on terrorism and counterterrorism studies. He can be reached at: Joshua.Sinai@comcast.net.

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