A New Counterterrorism Strategy

Why the World Failed to Stop Al Qaeda and ISIS/ISIL, and How to Defeat Terrorists

by Ambassador T. Hamid Al-Bayati, PhD


The United States needs a comprehensive and sustainable strategy of counterterrorism to preclude more terrorist attacks—before it is too late.

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September 2017


Pages 280
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Security Studies/Terrorism

Why is the problem of terrorism—and the emergence of more extreme and more brutal terrorist groups—one that cannot be solved, even after decades of trying? This book, authored by a United Nations Ambassador once imprisoned and tortured in Iraq, diagnoses the shortcomings of present counter-terrorism strategies and lays out an effective new plan for counterterrorism.

The world has up to now failed to stop Al Qaeda terrorist attacks and also failed to stop the emergence of more extreme and more brutal terrorist groups than Al Qaeda, such as ISIS/ISIL, as well as newer lone wolf terrorists. Current strategies of counterterrorism have many shortcomings that allow terrorists to continue their operations. A New Counterterrorism Strategy: Why the World Failed to Stop Al Qaeda and ISIS/ISIL, and How to Defeat Terrorists identifies the shortcomings of present approaches and presents a comprehensive and sustainable strategy to combat terrorism.

Author Ambassador T. Hamid Al-Bayati, an Iraqi politician, offers a unique insider’s perspective about the war on terrorism. As a leader of the opposition against the terrorist regime of Saddam Hussein, he was arrested and tortured, until he fled Iraq. From the UK, he continued involvement in unfolding political events, until returning to Iraq and assuming high political appointments. These special insights are interwoven with accounts of detailed interactions and policies that provide the background for his explanation of the failures of counterterrorism strategies to date, and lessons learned from those mistakes. Al-Bayati spotlights the problems of terrorist cells, lone wolves, and foreign fighters developing in all parts of the world, where members work from safe havens to plan attacks, acquire weapons, and gain fighting experience. His proposed strategy further emphasizes issues neglected in current counterterrorism strategies, such as undermining the ideology of terrorists, interrupting their use of the Internet to promote evil, understanding the motivations and psychology of terrorists, deterring youth from joining ISIS, creating effective media campaigns against terrorism, and shutting off the flow of funding that currently buoys the financial resources of terrorist organizations.


  • Provides a uniquely accurate perspective on extremist terrorist groups from an author who was born and grew up in Iraq, the same culture and environment where ISIL was born, and who understands the mentality of terrorists and the way they misinterpret Islam to brainwash and recruit people, especially youth
  • Assesses the counterterrorism strategies before and after the attacks of September 11, explains why they failed to stop terrorists, and identifies the lessons to be learned
  • Underscores the grim reality that terrorism is a threat for everyone, and accordingly, it behooves all citizens to press for reforms and changes in counterterrorism strategy
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Author Info

Ambassador T. Hamid Al-Bayati, PhD, is distinguished professor at Fordham University and special advisor, Middle East, Office of International Education, Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is the author of several books including From Dictatorship to Democracy: An Insider's Account of the Iraqi Opposition to Saddam. He served as the Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations (2006–2013) and previously was Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs and Bilateral Relations (2004–2006). Al-Bayati participated in writing the Iraqi National Strategy for Counterterrorism with U.S. and Iraqi officials and military officers. One of his important achievements at the United Nations was to lift sanctions against Iraq in 2010 that were imposed following Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait in 1990, terminating the Oil for Food Program, and retrieving around $1 billion to Iraq. Due to his imprisonment and torture by the former dictatorial regime, Al-Bayati fled Iraq to the UK to continue the campaign against Saddam's regime, and returned to high level political appointments.

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