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Countering Terrorism


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Contents: Preface 1. Introduction: The Context for Analyzing Counterterrorism Difficulties—Current Threats and the State of Academic Research 2. Overresponding to Rare Events: The Problem of Uncommon Threats with Irreversible Consequences 3. The Tip of the Iceberg: Accounting for Failed and Foiled Terrorist Plots 4. Pinning Down an Elusive Adversary: What Is a Terrorist Organization? 5. Who Did It? The Attribution Dilemma 6. Counterterrorism Results: Can Effectiveness be Evaluated? 7. Moving Forward Notes Index

About the Author

Martha Crenshaw is a Senior Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, as well as professor of political science by courtesy, at Stanford University. She is also professor of government emerita at Wesleyan University and a lead investigator with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and the Response to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland.

Gary Lafree is professor of criminology and criminal justice and director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland. He has written over 80 articles and book chapters and five books, mostly looking at criminal and political violence.


A substantial contribution to the literature on terrorism and counterterrorism.--Paul Pillar, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Center for Security Studies, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Services, Georgetown University

A corrective to oversimplified analysis. The scholarship is sound and the book is a welcome offering from two scholars whose knowledge and credentials are superlative.--Audrey Kurth Cronin, Professor of International Relations, American University, and author of How Terrorism Ends: Understanding the Decline and Demise of Terrorist Campaigns

This is an important academic and public policy analysis of the role of the "conceptual and empirical requirements of defining, classifying, explaining, and responding to terrorist attacks" in "crafting effective counterterrorism policy."--Dr, Joshua Sinai, Perspectives on Terrorism

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