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    So I'm in a counter-terrorism class and I am a bit rusty on the subject. Anyone know any good single volume accessible books on terrorism and counter-terrorism?
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    Tough request, one book! The problem is that terrorism has evolved so rapidly since classic studies on Algeria, Malaya, Kenya, Mozambique, and Vietnam.

    Terrorist organizations have evolved from the pyramidal structures of Algeria in region areas through the cellular structure by Al Qaeda in a global reach to now dealing with home-grown independent actions with limited links cells.

    Counter-terrorism has only dealt with learning to east soup with a knife from the early terrorism. There are pieces available about efforts to deal with the contemporary cellular structure, but the antidote seems to be behind a mutating virus.
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    • #3
      Also, "terrorism" is a technique or tactic/method shaped by the ideology of those whom practice it. Best way to counter terrorism is to know the mind and motives of those whom engage such. Given that the current majority of terrorism seems linked to one ideology/religion, here's a few titles to consider;
      http://www.theblaze.com/blog/2015/01...-global-jihad/
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      • #4
        I did a post grad module on the subject a few years back. Here's some titles I made use of;

        Whittaker- The terrorism reader (3rd ed)
        Harmon - Terrorism Today
        Gardner - American global strategy and the. War on terrorism
        Crelenstein - Counterterrorism (I recommend)
        Pillar- Terrorism and Us foreign policy
        Wilkinson - Terrorism versus Democracy

        And most security studies text books may be useful. Freedman Strategy, Gray Modern Strategy
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        • #5
          A good, fast, insightful read on the French experience in Algeria is General Paul Aussaresses's The Battle of the Casbah: Terrorism and Counter-terrorism in Algeria, 1955-1957. As an intelligence officer, he set up a special unit for General Massau to stop the growing terrorist attacks in Algiers.

          You may recall a few years ago he was brought to trial for crimes against humanity for some of his accounts in the book. I think he was fined 50 or 500 Francs and remained unrepentant--said he would do the same thing today.
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          • #6
            What are your needs? Theoretical? Law? Military operations against terrorism? General?

            Since it sounds like a starting class, I guess it's general, in which case I'd suggest Boaz Ganor's "The Counter-Terrorism Puzzle: A Guide For Decision Makers"
            http://www.amazon.com/The-Counter-Te.../dp/141280602X

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Golani View Post
              What are your needs? Theoretical? Law? Military operations against terrorism? General?

              Since it sounds like a starting class, I guess it's general, in which case I'd suggest Boaz Ganor's "The Counter-Terrorism Puzzle: A Guide For Decision Makers"
              http://www.amazon.com/The-Counter-Te.../dp/141280602X
              Really all of the above, although my interest is military first but I would like to be more grounded in the theoretical, political and historical.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Frtigern View Post
                Really all of the above, although my interest is military first but I would like to be more grounded in the theoretical, political and historical.
                Then I think the book I recommended is a perfect fit for you.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Golani View Post
                  Then I think the book I recommended is a perfect fit for you.
                  Thanks for the reference, I think so too and ordered it.
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                  • #10
                    Anything by Steve Emerson right now is pretty cheap...Sorry couldnt help it...

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Frtigern View Post
                      Really all of the above, although my interest is military first but I would like to be more grounded in the theoretical, political and historical.
                      For CT theory I cannot recommend Crelenstein enough as a beginner-to-intermediate reader's exploration of the subject.
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                      • #12
                        Hi

                        God and the Gun: The Church and Irish Terrorism by Martin Dillon certainly made an impression on me. Especially in terms how the Religious aspect of terrorism was a tool of convenience, rather than a overarching mantra. Obviously the Religious aspects of the terrorism that now afflicts us, is somewhat more crude, though its relationship is as shifting as it was in NI during the troubles.
                        The above book was also referenced several times in Freedom Or Security: The Consequences for Democracies Using Emergency Powers By Michael Freeman, a book I partially read some years ago.

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                        Andy H
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