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Terminate Terrorism

Framing, Gaming, and Negotiating Conflicts, 1st Edition

By Karen A. Feste


272 pages

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This book looks at recent, high-profile anti-American terrorism crises: the Cuban skyjacking epidemic; the Tehran hostage-taking; the Beirut kidnappings; and Al Qaeda suicide bombing. It then explains how they come to an end using a framework of conflict resolution concepts: conflict ripeness and stalemate, turning points, negotiation readiness, and interest-based bargaining combined with shifts in decision-making strategies.


"Most terrorist vs. government conflicts, however, the author explains, are characterized by

a protracted stalemate, and one of the book’s major contributions is its adaptation of conceptual frameworks

from the discipline of conflict resolution to resolving terrorist-based conflicts. This is highlighted by William

Zartman’s work on the sequencing of the termination process for protracted conflicts in which four elements

operate cumulatively to transform the nature of the conflict"

—Joshua Sinai, Perspectives on Terrorism, Volume 12, Issue 4

“Feste brings a novel approach to the analysis of combating terrorism. Supplementary tables illustrate the complexity remarkably well. Summing Up: Recommended."


"This is the product of extraordinarily deep and thorough research, framed in a penetrating use of salient concepts, to provide a path-breaking understanding of the terrorist challenge for both analysts and practitioners. A real chef d'oeuvre."

—I. William Zartman, Johns Hopkins University

“Terminate Terrorism is a theoretical, empirical, and practical contribution. It is an excellent example of an enhanced case study, which illuminates the value of using a theoretical framework as a lens for understanding diverse cases. But Karen Feste goes further. She develops implications of her analyses by offering strategic advice to negotiators in both camps on how to terminate terrorism. Scholars, negotiators and policy makers will reap many benefits from reading this engaging book.”

—Daniel Druckman, George Mason University and University of Southern Queensland, Australia

"Feste employs strategic and cognitive approaches to explain when it is possible to end a terrorist tactic through negotiations. Her work is a useful addition to our understand of how to confront the challenge of terrorism."

—Daniel Byman, Georgetown University

"The combination of Feste's conflict resolution paradigm and her selection of terrorism cases will provide for active, wide-ranging, and productive discussion in the classroom, and to a broadened search for options available to seek an end to this violence."

—James Smith, U.S. Air Force Academy

Table of Contents

Introduction Confronting Terrorism: Ending Anti-American Violence Chapter 1 Resolving Terrorism: Framing and Gaming Decision Logic Chapter 2 Stopping Terrorism: Conflict Settlement Preconditions Chapter 3 International Terrorism Episode: Cuba Skyjacking Crisis, 1968-1973 Chapter 4 International Terrorism Episode: Iran Hostage Crisis, 1979-1981 Chapter 5 International Terrorism Episode: Beirut Kidnapping Crisis, 1984-1991 Chapter 6 International Terrorism Episode: Al Qaeda Suicide Bombing Crisis, 1998 Conclusion Terminating Terrorism: Patterns and Assessment Guidelines References Index

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General