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Routledge Handbook of Terrorism and Counterterrorism

1st Edition

Edited by Andrew Silke


668 pages

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This new Handbook provides a comprehensive, state-of-the-art overview of current knowledge and debates on terrorism and counterterrorism, as well as providing a benchmark for future research.

The attacks of 9/11 and the ‘global war on terror’ and its various legacies have dominated international politics in the opening decades of the 21st century. In response to the dramatic rise of terrorism, within the public eye and the academic world, the need for an accessible and comprehensive overview of these controversial issues remains profound. The Routledge Handbook of Terrorism and Counterterrorism seeks to fulfil this need. The volume is divided into two key parts:

  • Part I: Terrorism: This section provides an overview of terrorism, covering the history of terrorism, its causes and characteristics, major tactics and strategies, major trends and critical contemporary issues such as radicalisation and cyber-terrorism. It concludes with a series of detailed case studies, including the IRA, Hamas and Islamic State.
  • Part II: Counterterrorism: This part draws on the main themes and critical issues surrounding counterterrorism. It covers the major strategies and policies, key events and trends and the impact and effectiveness of different approaches. This section also concludes with a series of case studies focused on major counterterrorism campaigns.

This book will be of great interest to all students of terrorism and counterterrorism, political violence, counter-insurgency, criminology, war and conflict studies, security studies and IR more generally.

Table of Contents

1. The Study of Terrorism and Counterterrorism, Andrew Silke

PART I: Terrorism

2. Defining Terrorism, Anthony Richards

3. Conceptualising and Measuring Terrorism, Gary LaFree

4. A History of Terrorism, Leonard Weinberg

5. Root Causes of Terrorism, Tore Bjørgo and Andrew Silke

6. State Terrorism, Andrew Silke

7. Nationalist and Separatist Terrorism, James Forest

8. Left-wing Terrorism, Leena Malkki

9. Right-wing Terrorism, George Michael

10. Lone-actor Terrorism, Noemie Bouhana, Stefan Malthaner, Bart Schuurman, Lasse Lindekilde, Amy Thornton and Paul Gill

11. Terrorist Psychology and Radicalisation, Zoey Reeve

12. Children as Agents of Terrorism and Political Conflict, Deborah Browne

13. Social Media, the Online Environment and Terrorism, Katherine Brown and Elizabeth Pearson

14. Terrorist Group Structures, Joshua Kilberg

15. The Effectiveness of Terrorism, Sarah Marsden

16. The Economic Impact of Terrorism, Thomas Baumert and Mikel Buesa

17. Fundraising, Organised Crime and Financing Terrorism, James Windle

18. Foreign Fighters and Terrorism, David Malet

19. Suicide Terrorism, Assaf Moghadam

20. Terrorist Hostage-taking, Margaret Wilson

21. Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Terrorism, Gary Ackerman

22. Cyber Terrorism, Marc Rogers

Case Studies

23.Al Qaeda, Donald Holbrook

24. Boko Haram, Jacob Zenn and Zacharias Pieri

25. Hamas, Sagit Yehoshua

26. Hizbullah, Raphael Marcus

27. Islamic State, Francis Gaffney

28. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, Ahmed Salah Hashim

29. Provisional Irish Republican Army, John Morrison

30. Red Army Faction, Jennifer Schmidt-Peterson

PART 2: Counterterrorism

31.Conceptualising Counterterrorism, Ronald Crelinsten

32. Policing in Counterterrorism, Lindsay Clutterbuck

33. The Military Approach to Counterterrorism, Michael Boyle

34. Intelligence and Counterterrorism, Julian Richards

35. Anti-Terrorism Laws , Clive Walker

36. Popular Support and (Counter) Terrorism, Isabelle Duyvesteyn and Bart Schuurman

37. Tackling Terrorist Fundraising and Finances, Marc Parker

38. Deterring and Preventing Terrorism, Joshua Freilich, Henda Hsu & Steven Chermak

39. Prisons and Detention, Jacqueline Bates-Gaston

40. Terrorist Disengagement and De-radicalisation, Kurt Braddock

41. Targeted Killings, Rory Finegan

42. Ethics and Human Rights in Counterterrorism, Lyndsey Harris and Rachel Monaghan

Case Studies

43.Argentina, Itai Sneh

44. Canada, Stéphane Leman-Langlois

45. China, Elena Pokalova

46. France, Frank Foley

47. Great Britain, Steve Hewitt

48. India, Arijit Mazumdar

49. Iraq, Michael Clarke

50. Israel, Ami Pedahzur, Lusaura Gutierrez and Arie Perliger

51. Italy, Donatella della Porta and Lorenzo Bosi

52. Spain, Rogelio Alonso

53. Russia, Cerwyn Moore

54. The United States of America: Counterterrorism pre 9/11, Aaron Winter

55. The United States of America: Domestic Counterterrorism since 9/11, Joshua Sinai

About the Editor


Andrew Silke is Professor of Terrorism, Risk and Resilience at Cranfield Univerity, UK. He is author or editor of many books on terrorism, including, most recently, Terrorism: All that Matters (2014), Prisons, Terrorism and Extremism (Routledge 2013) and The Psychology of Counter-Terrorism (Routledge 2010).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism