Essentials of Counterterrorism
by James J. F. Forest, Editor
October 2015, 456pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

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Combating terrorism requires far more than military action.

A comprehensive overview of counterterrorism that examines key aspects of the fight against terrorism, including intelligence, law enforcement, the military, financial and criminal activity, ethics, and social media.

Recent terrorist actions in the United States and abroad make it clear that the subject of counterterrorism is as vital and as timely as ever. Edited by a leading authority on terrorism and security studies, this compendium offers a wide-ranging look at the most vital aspects of counterterrorism, from diplomacy and military action to the investigation and interdiction of terrorist finances.

Following an introduction, chapters offer insightful discussions of strategy, policy, tactical, and operational dimensions of counterterrorism. An interdisciplinary team of expert contributors examine a wide range of topics, including “lone wolf” and homegrown terrorists, intelligence cooperation, social media, community policing, terrorism finance, and the shadow economy. Case studies from Europe, Latin America, South Asia, the Middle East, and the United States provide clear, practical examples of effective—and sometimes not so effective—approaches to combating terrorism. The volume will serve as a central textbook for professional development courses, workshops, and academic degree programs on terrorism, counterterrorism, and security studies.


  • Analyzes critical themes and issues related to the fight against terrorism
  • Provides an ideal guide for students and other readers who are new to the study of counterterrorism and national and international security
  • Brings together contributors from academia, the military, law enforcement, government and intelligence agencies, and think tanks
  • Includes case studies that illustrate key concepts used in successfully combating terrorism
James J. F. Forest, PhD, is professor and director of the Security Studies program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is also a senior fellow at the U.S. Joint Special Operations University and previously served at the U.S. Military Academy as director of terrorism studies from 2001 to 2010. He has published 20 books and is coeditor of the internationally renowned journal Perspectives on Terrorism.


"This textbook presents a comprehensive approach to analyzing the components of effective counterterrorism."—Perspectives on Terrorism, November 23, 2016

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