Combating Terrorism, Strategies and Approaches

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Countering terrorism tops the list of America s devilish set of problems. Americans deal with terrorism and the threat of terrorism through enhanced investigative tools in hopes of interdicting terrorism before it strikes; as a law enforcement issue; as a matter for international cooperation and diplomacy; and as a species of war best fought by the military. These approaches are not mutually exclusive, nor are they exhaustive. Nor have they, or will they, be successful all of the time. But as a central focus of U.S. national security strategy, the stakes couldn t be higher.

In ten comprehensive chapters, Combating Terrorism discusses tools and tactics for dealing with this ever-changing challenge, with a focus on how they operate in the real world. Additionally readers are encouraged to explore why terrorists might strike and what might be done to ameliorate root causes. The authors also discuss the dynamics of homeland security planning and recovery, with an examination of the crucial role of the media and our government s public affairs function in crisis situations. Each chapter features a series of case studies designed to give students a quick study of actual terrorist actions and the counter strategies at work, offering further insight into the complexities of combating terrorism.

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William Banks is a professor of law and public administration, as well as director of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, at Syracuse University. He is recognized internationally as an expert on constitutional and national security law. Working with Stephen Dycus, Arthur Berney, and Peter Raven-Hansen, Banks wrote the definitive text in the field, National Security Law, Fourth Edition.


Mitchel Wallerstein is Dean of the Maxwell School and a professor of political science and public administration at Syracuse University. He has authored numerous books and articles on national security. Wallerstein previously served as Vice President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, where he directed the Program on Global Security and Sustainability. He served from 1993-1997 as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counterproliferation Policy and as Senior Representative for Trade Security Policy. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Renée de Nevers is assistant professor of public administration at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Her research on international security currently focuses on sovereignty and the war on terror. She is the author of Comrades No More: The Seeds of Change in Eastern Europe.

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