The Policing of Terrorism

Organizational and Global Perspectives

By Mathieu Deflem

© 2010 – Routledge

230 pages

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About the Book

This book offers an analysis of the policing of terrorism in a variety of national and international contexts. Centered on developments since the events of September 11, 2001, the study devotes its empirical attention to important police aspects of counter-terrorism in the United States and additionally extends its range comparatively to other nations, including Israel and Iraq, and to the global level of international police organizations such as Interpol and Europol. Situated in the criminology of terrorism and counter-terrorism, this book offers a fascinating look into the contemporary organization of law enforcement against terrorism, which will significantly influence the conditions of global security in the foreseeable future.


"Despite impressive innovations in policing practices in recent decades, policing terrorism has thus far received scant research attention. Deflem describes in detail these challenges and the complexities of policing terrorism. The case studies from Iraq and Afghanistan where conventional military forces are engaged in intricate and often deadly interactions with civilian police forces are especially useful."

—Gary LaFree, Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland

Table of Contents

Part 1: Perspective of the Book 1. The Criminology of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism 2. A Theory of Counter-Terrorism Policing Part 2: The United States 3. Counter-Terrorism Policy and Law 4. Homeland Security: The Role of Federal Law Enforcement 5. Terrorism and the City: The Role of Local Law Enforcement Part 3: International Dimensions 6. The Globalization of Counter-Terrorism Policing 7. Policing World Terrorism: The Role of Interpol 8. Policing Terrorism in Europe: The Role of Europol Part 4: Comparative Cases 9. Undercover Counter-Terrorism in Israel 10. Terrorism and War: Policing Iraq and Afghanistan

About the Author

Mathieu Deflem is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of South Carolina. His research and teaching specialties include terrorism and counterterrorism, policing, law, and theory. He is the author of Sociology of Law (2008) and Policing World Society (2002). He maintains a website at

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Subject Categories

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