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Examining Political Violence: Studies of Terrorism, Counterterrorism, and Internal War

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Edited by: David Lowe, Austin T. Turk, Dilip K. Das

ISBN13: 9781466588202
Published: December 2013
Publisher: CRC Press Inc
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £65.99



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Security is undermined worldwide from political dissident activity and acts of terrorism targeted at innocent victims with no relation to the offenders. This political violence and terrorism plagues all continents and does not originate solely from jihadist groups. With a view towards developing more effective measures of prevention and resolution, Examining Political Violence: Studies of Terrorism, Counterterrorism, and Internal War examines political violence in various national and international settings. A collection of works, some previously published as articles in the journal Police Practice and Research, the book provides both conceptual analysis and case studies, exploring historical and sociopolitical contexts of conflicts in order to help readers better understand these themes. Divided into three parts, the book begins by defining the concepts of terrorism and radicalization. It discusses countering terrorism through intelligence gathering, examines how a multiagency approach is necessary to be prepared for terrorist acts, and examines different policing models. It discusses the experiences of policing agencies' investigations into terrorist groups, and examines the targeting of police officers by terrorist groups. Specifying the historical and sociopolitical contexts of conflicts is essential for understanding these themes. Control policies must be grounded in empirical realities, not ideological preferences or aversions. Bringing together theoretical concepts examined through operational and empirical findings, the book is written by academics researching the areas as well as practitioners working in the fields of counterterrorism and political violence. The conclusions drawn from these findings may assist in combating terrorism and political violence around the world.

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Subjects:
Public International Law
Contents:
Terrorism and Counterterrorism Defining Terrorism: Is One Man's Terrorist Another Man's Freedom Fighter? Boaz Ganor Radicalization of Terrorist Causes: The 32CSM/IRA Threat to U.K. Security
David Lowe Policing International Terrorism: Options
Austin T. Turk Toward a Common Profile of Religious Terrorism: Some Psychosocial Determinants of Christian and Islamic Terrorists
Ayla Hammond Schbley Countering Terrorism: Developments from 9/11 Meeting the Terrorist Threat: The Localization of Counterterrorism Intelligence
Stephen Sloan The Need for a Coordinated and Strategic Local Police Approach to Terrorism: A Practitioner's Perspective
Vincent E. Henry Local Preparedness for Terrorism: A View from Law Enforcement
Joseph F. Donnermeyer Policing and Networks in the Field of Counterterrorism
Darren Palmer and Chad Whelan Policing Terrorism: A Threat to Community Policing or Just a Shift in Priorities? John Murray Community Policing in Post-September 11 America: A Comment on the Concept of Community-Oriented Counterterrorism
Ben Brown Terrorism Old and New: Counterterrorism in Canada
Stephane Leman-Langlois and Jean-Paul Brodeur Policing Revolutionary and Secessionist Violence The Use of Informants in Counterterrorism Operations: Lessons from Northern Ireland
Kiran Sarma Defeating Terrorism: A Study of Operational Strategy and Tactics of Police Forces in Jammu and Kashmir (India)
Yateendra Singh Jafa Sri Lankan Terrorism: Assessing and Responding to the Threat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)
Cecile Van De Voorde Targeting Blue: Why We Should Study Terrorist Attacks on Police
Jennifer C. Gibbs Policing Political Violence in Australia
Steve James Concluding Observations IPES History Index