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Terrorism and Counterterrorism

6th Edition

By Brigitte L. Nacos


430 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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Focusing on the phenomenon of terrorism in the age of ISIS/ISIL, Terrorism and Counterterrorism investigates this form of political violence in an international and American context and in light of new and historical trends. In this comprehensive and highly readable text, renowned expert Brigitte Nacos clearly defines terrorism’s diverse causes, actors, and strategies; outlines anti- and counterterrorist responses; and highlights terrorism’s relationship with the public and media. Terrorism and Counterterrorism introduces students to the field’s main debates and helps them critically assess our understanding of, and our strategies for, addressing this complex and enduring issue.

New to the Sixth Edition:

  • Additions to terrorist developments since 2016, including the rise and decline of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
  • A significant expansion of the analysis of intelligence gathering and the growth of the U.S. intelligence community in the post-9/11 era.
  • Discussion of increasing activities of extremist groups in the so-called alt-right and the ANTIFA movement in the U.S. and abroad.
  • More explanations for the making of terrorists, including rational choice theory and new research revealing childhood trauma as a risk factor.
  • An enlarged chapter on women and children in terrorism to include suicide missions as family projects.
  • A new section on human rights violations in counterterrorism.

Table of Contents


CHAPTER 1: Introduction: The Terrorist Threat

PART I: Terrorism

CHAPTER 2: The Perennial Debate: What Is Terrorism?

CHAPTER 3: Terrorism in the Global Context

CHAPTER 4: Terrorism in the American Context

CHAPTER 5: Religious Terrorism: Political Violence in the Name of God

CHAPTER 6: The Making of Terrorists: Causes, Conditions, Influences

CHAPTER 7: Women, Children, and Terrorism

CHAPTER 8: Common Threads: Goals, Targets, and Tactics

CHAPTER 9: Organizational Structures and the Financing of Terror

PART II: Counterterrorism

CHAPTER 10: Terrorism and America’s Post-9/11 National Security Strategy

CHAPTER 11: The Utility of Hard and Soft Power in Counterterrorism

CHAPTER 12: Balancing Security, Liberty, and Human Rights

CHAPTER 13: The Crucial Role of Intelligence

PART III: Terrorism in the News Media and on the Internet

CHAPTER 14: Terrorist Propaganda and the Mainstream Media

CHAPTER 15: Terror and Hate in Cyberspace

CHAPTER 16: Conclusion: Living with Terrorist Threats

APPENDIX: Major Terrorist Incidents since the Late 1970s

About the Author

Brigitte L. Nacos teaches political science at Columbia University and was a long-time U.S. correspondent for newspapers in Germany.

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