Combating Terrorism in the 21st Century
American Laws, Strategies, and Agencies
by Joseph R. Rudolph Jr. and William J. Lahneman, Editors
September 2022, 457pp, 7x10
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-5594-8
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Intelligence agencies warn that racist extremists in the United States now pose a more lethal domestic terrorism threat to the nation than terrorist groups from outside the country.

This combination A–Z encyclopedia and primary document collection provides an authoritative and enlightening overview of U.S. anti- and counterterrorism politics, policies, attitudes, and actions related to both foreign and domestic threats, with a special emphasis on post-9/11 events.

This book provides a compelling overview of U.S. laws, policies, programs, and actions in the realms of anti- and counterterrorism, as well as comprehensive coverage of the various domestic and foreign terrorist organizations threatening America, including their leaders, ideologies, and practices. These entries are supplemented with a carefully selected collection of primary sources that track the evolution of U.S. anti- and counterterrorism policies and political debate. These documents will not only illuminate major events and turning points in America’s fight against terror—both foreign and homegrown—but also help readers understand debates about the effectiveness, morality, and constitutionality of controversial policies that have either been implemented or proposed, from waterboarding to targeted assassination to indefinite incarceration at Guantánamo Bay.

In addition, this resource shows how political controversies over anti- and counterterrorism strategies are spilling over into other areas of American life, from debates about privacy rights, government surveillance, and anti-Muslim actions and beliefs to arguments about whether U.S. firearms policies are a boon to terrorists.


  • Wide-ranging encyclopedia section featuring contributions from counterterrorism scholars
  • Primary Document collection that provides additional illumination on major events, laws, policies, and trends
  • Authoritative and evenhanded coverage of counterterrorism threats, issues, events, laws, policies, and organizations
  • Reader's Guide to entries by subject category
Joseph R. Rudolph Jr., PhD (University of Virginia), is a professor of political science at Towson University (Baltimore, MD), has served as a Fulbright appointee to Czechoslovakia (1991–1992) and Kosovo (2011–2012), has published in the field of ethnic and nationalist politics for more than 30 years, and has frequently participated in the democratization operations of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). His work on terrorism dates from the violent separatist movements in late 20th-century Western Europe and the urban terrorist activity in Germany and Italy in the late 1970s.

William J. Lahneman is professor and chair of the Department of Security Studies and International Affairs at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. He is a 2019 Fulbright Scholar (Rey Juan Carlos University, Madrid, Spain). He holds a PhD in international relations from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), an MA in national security affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a BS from the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD. He is a former commander in the U.S. Navy with specializations in nuclear propulsion, international negotiations, and strategic planning.
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