During the post-cold war world, the world's only superpower has encountered an unprecedented challenge: a non-state enemy that is challenging its hegemony and is using violence as a strategic means. Given the international nature of this phenomenon, a structured explanation such as this is given added necessity and urgency. Cornelia Beyer provides a structured explanation for terrorism and its links with the 'Global War on Terror' as it relates to the latter's broader context, causes and implications. She offers a comprehensive understanding of the phenomenon of international terrorism and proposes effective policies to counter it. She also remedies the current undertheorized nature of the subject area, and in doing so opens up new modes of thinking about and struggling against global terrorism.
Cornelia Beyer is Lecturer in Security Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences University of Hull, Uk
'Since the US invasion and occupation of Iraq, the global threat environment has changed dramatically. Cornelia Beyer's insightful study is a must read for practitioners and scholars seeking to understand and manage the emerging threat.' Rohan Gunaratna, International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, Singapore 'The great strength of Violent Globalisms is that it refocuses our attention on the global structural context in which international terrorism occurs. In a sophisticated and wide-ranging analysis, Cornelia Beyer excavates the important intersections between the violent hegemony of the emerging American empire and the violent resistance of sub-state terrorists. In the process, Beyer makes an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the interconnections between structural and political violence in the contemporary international system.' Richard Jackson, Editor, Critical Studies on Terrorism and Aberystwyth University, UK 'Beyer has provided us with an important account of how globalization and the pursuit of the global interests of the US - the new empire - have structured contemporary political violence - new terrorism. She provides a powerful argument for non-military responses to terrorism.' Marie Breen Smyth, Aberystwyth University, UK