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Lone Wolf and Autonomous Cell Terrorism

Edited By Jeffrey Kaplan, Heléne Lööw, Leena Malkki Copyright 2015
    276 Pages
    by Routledge

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    by Routledge

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    President Obama has declared that the greatest terrorist threat which America faces is attacks by lone wolf terrorists. This volume expands the lone wolf rubric to include autonomous cells: small groups of terrorists who cooperate, but operate independently. The challenge presented by lone wolves and autonomous cells, unlike the threat emanating from established terrorist groups like Al Qaeda, has proven intractable because of the difficulty of gathering intelligence on these actors or effectively countering their actions. Lone wolves operate under the radar, staging deadly attacks such as that at the Boston Marathon, and the 2011 attacks in Norway. This volume includes Theory and Policy Studies, individual case studies and the technological impacts of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons as well as the impact of social media in the process of recruitment and radicalization.

    This book was originally published as a special issue of Terrorism & Political Violence.

    1. Introduction

    Jeffrey Kaplan, Heléne Lööw & Leena Malkki

    Theory and Policy Studies

    2. On Tribalism: Auxiliaries, Affiliates, and Aspirational Political Violence

    Christopher Costa & Jeffrey Kaplan

    3. Counterinsurgency and Lone Wolf Terrorism

    George Michael

    4. Law Enforcement Tactics and their Effectiveness in dealing with American Terrorism: Organizations, Autonomous Cells, and Lone Wolves

    Christopher Hewitt

    5. Toward a profile of lone-wolf terrorists: What moves an individual from radical opinion to radical action

    Clark McCauley & Sophia Moskalenko

    Case Studies

    6. The Pre-1914 Anarchist "Lone Wolf" Terrorist and Governmental Responses

    Richard Bach Jensen

    7. Men in Black: Dynamics, Violence, and Lone Wolf Potential

    José Pedro Zúquete

    8. Lone Wolf Islamic Terrorism: Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad (Carlos Bledsoe) Case Study

    Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

    9. Crusader Dreams: Oslo 22/7, Islamophobia, and the Quest for a Monocultural Europe

    Mattias Gardell

    10. Hatred of the System: Menacing Loners and Autonomous Cells in the Netherlands

    Jelle van Buuren & Beatrice de Graaf

    11. Political Elements in Post-Columbine School Shootings in Europe and North America

    Leena Malkki

    Technological Impacts

    12. Lone Wolf Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction: An Examination of Capabilities and Countermeasures

    Patrick D. Ellis

    13. An Army of One: Assessing CBRN Pursuit and Use by Lone Wolves and Autonomous Cells

    Gary A. Ackerman & Lauren E. Pinson

    14. Detecting Linguistic Markers for Radical Violence in Social Media

    Katie Cohen, Fredrik Johansson, Lisa Kaati & Jonas Clausen Mork


    Jeffrey Kaplan is based in the Department of Religious Studies and Anthropology; and Institute for the Study of Religion, Violence, and Memory at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, USA.

    Heléne Lööw is based in the Department of History at Uppsala University, Sweden.

    Leena Malkki is based at the Network for European Studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland.