Terrorism's Unanswered Questions

by Adam B. Lowther, ed., Beverly Lindsay


This work plunges directly into the grey area of terrorism scholarship, tackling difficult questions where there is little agreement in an effort to shed light on key characteristics of terrorism that are often left untouched.

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October 2008


Pages 252
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Security Studies/Terrorism

Despite the growth of interest in the study of terrorism since 9/11, terrorism analysts rarely take a multidisciplinary approach to the subject. This leaves a number of terrorism's characteristics to be explored in new and unique ways. Terrorism's Unanswered Questions brings together scholars from the fields of criminology, international relations, law, political science, security studies, and sociology to answer several important questions where consensus has yet to be reached. Each chapter offers a new approach to the question asked that is both unique and challenges popular thought. The result is an original work appealing to a broad audience of scholars and students who desire to develop a better understanding of terrorism's characteristics.

In the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States terrorism became a topic for the masses to explore, rather than the hidden purview of analysts and scholars tucked away at the CIA or in the ivory tower. Now, more than five years later, there remains much to be discovered about terrorism and its causes. This volume takes a look at some of terrorism's unanswered questions. How do we define terrorism? What threat does the United States face from weapons of mass destruction? Why has international law failed to stop terrorism? These are but three of the questions addressed in this volume. While the editors do not claim to have all of the answers, they do promise a view of terrorism not seen before.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction (Adam Lowther)SECTION ONE: UNDERSTANDING THE NATURE OF TERRORISMChapter 2: Terrorism: Its Goals, Targets, and Strategies (Craig Stapley)Chapter 3: Measuring the Enemy: Social Support for Islamist Terrorism (Gordon Bowen)Chapter 4: Terrorism and International Law: Past, Present, and Future (John Czarnetzky)SECTION TWO: THE TACTICS OF TERRORChapter 5: Targeting: Terrorism and Non-Governmental Organizations Collide (Craig Stapley)Chapter 6: The Weapons of Mass Destruction Threat to the United States (Adam Lowther)Chapter 7: Purifying the Heart: Suicideor Jihadi Acts? (Russ Rodgers)SECTION THREE: SOCIOPSYCHOLOGICAL AND EDUCATIONAL VARIABLESChapter 8: A Social Psychological Perspective on Terrorist Behavior (Daniel Kennedy & Robert Homant)Chapter 9: Democracy, Terrorism, and University Engagement (Beverly Lindsay)SECTION FOUR: MOVING TOWARD THE FUTUREChapter 10: Multidisciplinary Perspectives and Policy Research on Terrorism: Creating Authentic Solutions or Lingering Intellectual Debates (Beverly Lindsay)BibliographyAbout the Contributors

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