The Terrorism Lectures

Title:                      The Terrorism Lectures

Author:                 James J.F. Forest

Forest, James J. F. (2012). The Terrorism Lectures: A Comprehensive Collection for Students of Terrorism, Counterterrorism, And National Security. Santa Ana, CA: Nortia/Current

LCCN:    2012932108

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Summary

  • Delve into the history of terrorism, its root causes, its many forms and organizations, as well as the frameworks that analysts use to determine the scope of a terrorist threat.

Contents

  • Part I : definitions and historical frameworks. An introduction to terrorism : terms, definitions and the quest for power — Surfing the historical “waves” of terrorism — Terrorist groups as learning organizations — Part II : Underlying contexts that motivate and facilitate terrorism. Grievances and opportunities : an introduction — Radicalization — Media and the internet — Economic dimensions — Financial and criminal dimensions — Political dimensions — Part III : Terrorist group ideologies and strategies. Ethnonationalist/separatist terrorism — Left-wing terrorism — Right-wing terrorism — Religious terrorism — Al-Qaeda, part 1 : history and evolution — Al-Qaeda, Part 2 : ideology and targeting strategies — Part IV : The worst weapons of terrorism. Suicide bombings — Weapons of mass destruction : an introduction — Assessing the WMD terrorist threat — Part V : Concluding thoughts. The future of terrorism.

Subjects

Date Posted:      January 8, 2016

Reviewed by Joshua Sinai[1]

The author is an associate professor at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and an eminent expert on terrorism and counterterrorism issues. In this volume, he has assembled his class lectures to comprehensively discuss and explain the history of terrorism, its root causes, how terrorist groups organize, as well as the frameworks that analysts use to determine the scope of a terrorist threat. Divided into four parts, the chapters cover topics such as definitions, the history of terrorism, underlying contexts that motivate and facilitate terrorism, such as grievances, the process of radicalization and recruitment into terrorism, terrorism and the internet, financial and criminal dimensions, different categories of terrorist groups, tactics and weapons, and the components of effective counterterrorism.

[1] Sinai, Joshua, PhD. in The Intelligencer: Journal of U. S. Intelligence Studies (19, 1, Winter/Spring, 2013, p. 106). Dr. Joshua Sinai is a Washington-based educator and consultant on terrorism and counterterrorism studies. He has provided capsule reviews of important books recently published on terrorism and counter-terrorism-related topics. He can be reached at: Joshua.sinai@comcast.net.

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