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1st Edition

Lone Wolf and Autonomous Cell Terrorism

ISBN 9781138058811
Published March 29, 2017 by Routledge
276 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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.