Combating Transnational Terrorism

Searching for a New Paradigm

by Edited by Steve Tsang


In the aftermath of 9/11, the “Global War on Terror” brought us preemptive war in Iraq, sanctioned domestic spying, interrogations that crossed the line into torture, and a with-us-or-against posture that weakened longstanding alliances. Worse, those actions alienated the very people we should have been reaching out to—the vast majority of Muslims worldwide who oppose terrorist acts as much as we do.

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September 2009


Pages 169
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Security Studies/Terrorism
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An insightful collection of essays that explains why the global war on terror framework cannot work and how a new paradigm in countering transnational terrorism can be found.

Are the negative effects of the Bush administration’s “Global War on Terror” framework irrevocable? Is it too late to reorient our policy toward confronting global threats? Answering “no” to both questions, Steven Tsang’s Combating Transnational Terrorism: Searching for a New Paradigm offers an expert critique of Bush’s policy while proposing a new approach to fighting terrorism—one that advocates strengthening ties to traditional allies and countering Al Qaeda’s appeal to people of the Islamic faith.

Combating Transnational Terrorism brings together a panel of well-established experts to assess the overall effectiveness of the “Global War on Terror,” showing just how counterproductive the Bush administration’s approach has been. Throughout, they offer specific changes that together signify a transformative shift in American policy. What they propose is a new framework for combating terrorist threats based on wide-ranging international collaboration and energized efforts to win the hearts and minds of non-extremist Muslims—a framework that coincides in great measure with the approach the Obama administration is taking.


  • Ten chapters analyzing the intents and consequences of important policy guidelines and decisions that make up the “Global War on Terror,” with specific recommendations for changing the Bush approach into to something that actually works
  • Nine expert contributors, all well-established policymakers and scholars in the field of transnational terrorism


  • Balances its criticisms of Bush policies with specific recommendations for crafting a more effective approach to transational terrorism
  • Offers essential reading for policymakers and legislators who are involved in counterterrorism, foreign policy, development aid, defense, and intelligence
  • Assesses the crucial role of the media and the Internet in countering the appeal of anti-American terror groups
  • Establishes a way of assessing the Obama administration’s alternative approach to Bush’s “Global War on Terror”
Series Description

Praeger Security International

As the world gets "smaller" through technology and globalization, the security risks we face grow and multiply.

International security in the 21st century is not a topic that can be adequately addressed in nightly news soundbites or online articles intended to be relevant for 24 hours or less. Comprehending these complex issues requires insight from foreign policy specialists, diplomats, military officials, peace scholars, historians, and security experts—participants and observers on all sides of each conflict. This series provides the tools for understanding security issues in our uncertain, unstable world.

Written by subject experts and well-known researchers, the books in the Praeger Security International series give readers access to carefully considered and highly informed viewpoints on the critical security issues that threaten to destabilize our world. With titles authored by diplomats, first responders, economists, journalists, civil servants, military leaders and combatants, legal experts, psychologists, and other knowledgeable specialists, these books offer in-depth reflections, thorough analysis, and international perspectives that are unavailable in mass media. These titles represent an invaluable resource for students and researchers as well as anyone who seeks a deeper understanding of the complex issues that affect our lives and future.


  • Provides reliable, comprehensive information on all matters relating to security that is ideal for students, teachers, researchers, and professionals
  • Offers insightful commentaries written by a diverse group of scholars and experts who provide interdisciplinary treatments of newsworthy events and important historical occurrences
Author Info

Steve Tsang is professorial fellow and reader in politics at St Antony's College, Oxford University. He is the director of the Pluscarden Programme for the Study of Global Terrorism and Intelligence, and editor of Praeger's Intelligence and Human Rights in the Era of Global Terrorism.



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