Emerging Security Challenges

American Jihad, Terrorism, Civil War, and Human Rights

by Seung-Whan Choi


Contemporary security problems such as international terrorism and human rights violations are multifaceted and interrelated.

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February 2018


Pages 300
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Security Studies/International and Transnational Security
  Current Events and Issues/International

This book looks into four areas of our world’s international security crisis: the growing threat of America’s homegrown jihadists, the continuing rise of terrorism, the causes of gross violations of human rights, and the pervasiveness of civil war.

When American jihadists join such international terrorist organizations as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and Al Qaeda, the danger to security and stability is often magnified on both global and domestic fronts. The global rise of terrorism in turn causes a deterioration in the quality of human rights for politically disadvantaged people or minority groups within a national territory; meanwhile, the internal crisis created by terrorist violence and human rights violations can expedite the development of civil war, which is likely to endanger domestic and international stability.

Taking a consistent theoretical and empirical approach, Emerging Security Challenges: American Jihad, Terrorism, Civil War, and Human Rights explicates the relationships among these four closely related areas of concern for national security. Each chapter presents systematic, empirical evidence of security trends for more than 100 sample countries, determined using the most current statistical methods. Given that security studies should provide practical policy recommendations, this book also offers potentially effective policy suggestions at the end of each chapter.


  • Examines four closely related security issues
  • Employs a systematic, empirical approach
  • Supports analysis with data
  • Makes feasible policy recommendations pertaining to growing security threats
Author Info

Seung-Whan Choi, PhD, is professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois, Chicago. His work has been published in journals including American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, The Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Oxford Economic Papers. He is author of New Explorations into International Relations: Democracy, Foreign Investment, Terrorism and Conflict (2016) and coauthor (with Patrick James) of Civil-Military Dynamics, Democracy, and International Conflict: A New Quest for International Peace (2005).

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