This edited book analyses the lessons which can be drawn from Northern Ireland’s experiences of combating terrorism.
The essays in this volume unite analysis and practice in exploring both the conflict in Northern Ireland and the internationally applicable counter-terrorism lessons which can be drawn from the response to it. The contributors, all specialists in their fields, make a theoretical analysis of the underlying causes of terrorism, and explore how this interacts with the development of effective operations and policy responses. The book emphasises the socio-economic and socio-cultural dimensions underlying the problem of terrorism, arguing that short-term, violent/military responses can in fact exacerbate the problem. It highlights the complexity of terrorism as a social phenomenon, and outlines the multi-faceted approach needed to combat it.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction James Dingley 2. Northern Ireland and the Troubles James Dingley 3. The Rise of the Paramilitaries Peter Neumann 4. Terrorist Strategy and Tactics James Dingley 5. Terrorist Groups and Their Political Fronts Anthony Richards 6. Terrorist Weapons and Technology John Allison 7. Organised Crime and Racketeering Chris Ryder 8. The Government’s Response Peter Neumann 9. The Legal Response Austen Morgan 10. The Police Response Neil Southern 11. The Military Response Sir Alistair Irwin and Mike Mahoney 12. The Provisional IRA and the Irish Republic John Horgan 13. How Significant was International Influence in the Northern Ireland Peace Process? Paul Wilkinson 14. The War Continues? Combating the paramilitaries and the Role of the British Army After the Belfast Agreement Christopher Bass and M L R Smith 15. Conclusion James Forrest
James Dingley is a sociologist and freelance lecturer and writer on terrorism and conflict. He has a PhD in Political Sociology from London University.