The Terrorism Lectures: A Comprehensive Collection for Students of Terrorism, Counterterrorism, and National Security

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  • Copyright: 2012-09-04
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A comprehensive collection for students of terrorism, counter-terrorism, and national security. The Terrorism Lecturesis a collection of timely and engaging lessons directly from the classroom of terrorism expert James J.F. Forest. The book and accompanying online materials delve into the history of terrorism, its root causes, and its many forms and organizations, as well as the frameworks that analysts use to determine the scope of a terrorist threat. James J.F. Forestis an associate professor at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and a senior fellow with the Joint Special Operations University. From 2001 to 2010 he served as director of terrorism studies at the US Military Academy at West Point. Praise for other works by Dr. James J. F. Forest: Influence Warfare: "A timely addition to the literature on counterterrorism in general and especially to this often ignored but critical dimension of the war on terrorism." --Bruce Hoffman, author of Inside Terrorism WMD and Terrorism: "This book brings us closer to understanding terrorists' motivations for using WMD, the history of their attempts to do so, and the strengths and vulnerabilities of our efforts to thwart them. A major contribution to scholarship." --Jessica Stern, Harvard University

Author Biography

James J.F. Forest, Ph.D., is an associate professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and a senior fellow at the U.S. Joint Special Operations University. He is the former Director of Terrorism Studies at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and has taught courses on terrorism, counterterrorism and weapons of mass destruction for a broad range of civilian, law enforcement and military audiences in several countries. He has also published fourteen books and dozens of journal articles, served as an expert witness for terrorism-related court cases, and testified before members of Congress.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Definitions and Historical Frameworks
An Introduction to Terrorism: Terms, Definitions andthe Quest for Powerp. 1
Surfing the Historical "Waves" of Terrorismp. 26
Terrorist Groups as Learning Organizationsp. 42
Underlying Contexts that Motivate and Facilitate Terrorism
Grievances and Opportunities: An Introductionp. 61
Radicalizationp. 80
Media and the Internetp. 97
Economic Dimensionsp. 115
Financial and Criminal Dimensionsp. 132
Political Dimensionsp. 151
Terrorist Group Ideologies and Strategies
Ethnonationalist/Separatist Terrorismp. 173
Left-Wing Terrorismp. 197
Right-Wing Terrorismp. 222
Religious Terrorismp. 241
Al-Qaeda, Part 1: History and Evolutionp. 267
Al-Qaeda, Part 2: Ideology and Targeting Strategiesp. 287
The Worst Weapons of Terrorism
Suicide Bombingsp. 311
Weapons of Mass Destruction: An Introductionp. 332
Assessing the WMD Terrorist Threatp. 358
Concluding Thoughts
The Future of Terrorismp. 379
Indexp. 401
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