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Global Terrorism
A Reference Handbook
by Steven J. Childs
September 2023, 340pp, 6x9
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7825-1
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According to the 2022 Global Terrorism Index, there were 5,226 terrorist attacks around the world in 2021. Of the 163 countries surveyed, the nations suffering the most from terrorism activity were Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia.

Global Terrorism: A Reference Handbook examines the evolution of global terrorism in the United States and beyond, including the people and groups who have perpetuated the worst attacks and the people and agencies working to stop them.

Although it was 9/11 that first awakened Americans to the very real threat of global terrorism, it certainly wasn’t the first terror attack—far from it. In fact, global terrorism has been a reality for millions of people around the world for many years, with both foreign and “home-grown” terrorists striking fear in their hearts. Whether driven by fanatical religious beliefs or radical political ideologies, the threat of global terrorism has been and will continue to be a serious issue, warranting vigilance from governments around the world.

This one-stop resource highlights key points to know about global terrorism. Further, it discusses the social, economic, religious, and cultural issues that are connected to terrorist activities. It also examines the history of global terrorism more broadly in order to contextualize current events, using graphs, tables, primary documents, personal essays, and other illuminating resources.


  • Tables, charts, and primary sources provide different contextual vantage points from which to view the issue
  • Features personal and scholarly perspectives on terrorism and the toll it takes around the world
  • Profiles notorious terrorist leaders and groups, as well as counterterrorism agencies and figures in the United States
  • Identifies and explains key events, controversies, and belief systems that drive terrorism in different parts of the world
Steven J. Childs is an associate professor in the department of political science at California State University, San Bernardino, where he teaches in the national security studies program. His research interests focus on national security policy, conventional arms proliferation, nuclear deterrence, the security politics of the Middle East and Asia regions, and unconventional conflict. His scholarship has appeared in Comparative Strategy, Defense & Security Analysis, Journal of Advanced Military Studies, Journal of the Middle East and Africa, and Studies in Conflict & Terrorism. He is also co-editor of the book The Middle East in a Global Era.

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