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Violent Politics

Violent Politics Author William R. Polk
ISBN-10 9780061758393
Release 2009-10-13
Pages 304
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In the current Middle East, insurgency tactics are used with frequency and increasing success. But guerrilla war-fare is not just the tool of modern-day terrorists. Its roots stretch back to our very own revolution. In Violent Politics, William Polk takes us on a concise, brilliant tour of insurgencies throughout history, starting with the American struggle for independence, when fighters had to battle against both the British and the loyalists, those colonists who sided with the monarchy. Instinctively, in a way they probably wouldn't have described as a coherent strategy, the rebel groups employed the tactics of insurgency. From there, Polk explores the role of insurgency in several other notable conflicts, including the Spanish guerrilla war against Napoleon, the Irish struggle for independence, the Algerian War of National Independence, and Vietnam. He eventually lands at the present day, where the lessons of this history are needed more than ever as Americans engage in ongoing campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq—and beyond.

A History of Counterinsurgency 2 volumes

A History of Counterinsurgency  2 volumes Author Gregory Fremont-Barnes
ISBN-10 9781440804250
Release 2015-05-05
Pages 798
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This two-volume history of counterinsurgency covers all the major and many of the lesser known examples of this widespread and enduring form of conflict, addressing the various measures employed in the attempt to overcome the insurgency and examining the individuals and organizations responsible for everything from counterterrorism to infrastructure building. • Provides an extremely broad coverage of counterinsurgency that spans the period from 1900 to the present day and addresses geographical areas such as Algeria, India, Northern Ireland, Iraq, Afghanistan, Malaya, Cyprus, Vietnam, and many other regions and countries • Supplies historical and geographical perspectives that enable the reader to examine each chapter as an independent case study and compare and contrast each event with others to draw lessons across time • Includes an extensive bibliography that covers all aspects of modern counterinsurgency-based themes, including geographical regions, theory, and tactics

The Routledge Handbook of Terrorism Research

The Routledge Handbook of Terrorism Research Author Alex P. Schmid
ISBN-10 9781136810404
Release 2011-02-25
Pages 736
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This major new Handbook synthesises more than two decades of scholarly research, and provides a comprehensive overview of the field of terrorism studies. The content of the Handbook is based on the responses to a questionnaire by nearly 100 experts from more than 20 countries as well as the specific expertise and experience of the volume editor and the various contributors. Together, they guide the reader through the voluminous literature on terrorism, and propose a new consensus definition of terrorism, based on an extensive review of existing conceptualisations. The work also features a large collection of typologies and surveys a wide range of theories of terrorism. Additional chapters survey terrorist databases and provide a guide to available resources on terrorism in libraries and on the Internet. It also includes the most comprehensive World Directory of Extremist, Terrorist and other Organizations associated with Guerrilla Warfare, Political Violence, Protest and Organized- and Cyber-Crime. The Routledge Handbook of Terrorism Research will be an essential work of reference for students and researchers of terrorism and political violence, security studies, criminology, political science and international relations, and of great interest to policymakers and professionals in the field of counter-terrorism.

Re visioning Terrorism

Re visioning Terrorism Author Elena Coda
ISBN-10 9781557537331
Release 2016
Pages 332
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Re-Visioning Terrorism: A Humanistic Perspective is an interdisciplinary collection of essays that aims to offer a plurality of visions on terrorism, expanding its meaning across time and space and raising new questions that explore its multifaceted occurrences. The different ideological, philosophical, and cultural perspectives emerging from the essays and the variety of humanistic disciplines involved intend to provide a complex and even contradictory picture that emphasizes the fact that there cannot be a univocal conception and response to terrorism, in either the practical or the intellectual domain. The editors borrow the concept of rack focus response from cinema to create an innovative and flexible interpretative approach to terrorism. Rack focus refers to the change of focus of a lens so that one image can come into focus while another moves out of focus. Though the focal distance changes, the reality has not changed. Both items and events coexist, but given the nature of optics we can only see clearly one or the other. This occurs not just with lenses, but also with human perceptions, be they emotional or intellectual. The rack focus response requires that we try to shift focus from the depth of field that is absolutely clear and familiar to the "other" that is unclear and unfamiliar. This exercise will lead us to reflect on terroristic events in a more nuanced, nondogmatic, and flexible manner. The essays featured in this volume range from philosophical interpretations of terrorism, to historical analysis of terror through the ages, to cinematic, artistic, and narrative representations of terroristic events that are not limited to 9/11.

The Failure of Counterinsurgency Why Hearts and Minds Are Seldom Won

The Failure of Counterinsurgency  Why Hearts and Minds Are Seldom Won Author Ivan Eland
ISBN-10 9781440830105
Release 2013-07-19
Pages 189
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This book examines the implications of counterinsurgency warfare for U.S. defense policy and makes the compelling argument that the United States' default position on counterinsurgency wars should be to avoid them. • Examines a wider breadth of historical cases than other books on counterinsurgency, allowing for more accurate assessments and conclusions about the efficacy of COIN based on the lessons learned across history • Presents research-based evidence that the Unites States should get involved in counterinsurgency warfare only in the rare cases in which U.S. vital interests are at stake • Provides thought-provoking discussion of the domestic negative effects resulting from overseas counterinsurgency operations • Questions the effectiveness of COIN strategy by utilizing numerous historical examples covered throughout the book • Covers major instances of COIN warfare in history, including the French in Algeria and Indochina, the British in Malaysia and Afghanistan, the United States in Vietnam and the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and numerous others • Appeals to readers and students of military history, strategy, and defense

Understanding Counterinsurgency Warfare

Understanding Counterinsurgency Warfare Author Thomas Rid
ISBN-10 9781136976056
Release 2010-04-22
Pages 280
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This textbook offers an accessible introduction to counterinsurgency operations, a key aspect of modern warfare.

Foreign Service Journal

Foreign Service Journal Author
ISBN-10 NWU:35556038715959
Release 2008
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Foreign Service Journal has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Foreign Service Journal also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Foreign Service Journal book for free.

                          Author Малкольм Гладуэлл
ISBN-10 9785961434255
Pages 272
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Автор мировых бестселлеров журналист The New Yorker Малкольм Гладуэлл, вдохновленный библейской историей противостояния Давида и Голиафа, анализирует феномен победы слабого над сильным. На примерах реальных людей ― голливудского миллионера, заработавшего первые доллары в 10 лет на уборке улиц; тренера, использовавшего для победы слабой баскетбольной команды особую стратегию игры; врача, упорно искавшего способы борьбы с детской лейкемией; бесстрашного борца за гражданские права в эпицентре расовой дискриминации и других отважных людей, сумевших справиться с непреодолимыми на первый взгляд проблемами, ― Гладуэлл показывает, что слабый человек, наделенный волей, находчивостью и обостренным чувством справедливости, способен победить даже самого сильного противника.

The History of Terrorism

The History of Terrorism Author Gérard Chaliand
ISBN-10 9780520966000
Release 2016-08-23
Pages 536
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This authoritative work provides an essential perspective on terrorism by offering a rare opportunity for analysis and reflection at a time of ongoing violence, threats, and reprisals. Some of the best international specialists on the subject examine terrorism’s complex history from antiquity to the present day and find that terror, long the weapon of the weak against the strong, is a tactic as old as warfare itself. Beginning with the Zealots of the first century CE, contributors go on to discuss the Assassins of the Middle Ages, the 1789 Terror movement in Europe, Bolshevik terrorism during the Russian Revolution, Stalinism, “resistance” terrorism during World War II, and Latin American revolutionary movements of the late 1960s. Finally, they consider the emergence of modern transnational terrorism, focusing on the roots of Islamic terrorism, al Qaeda, and the contemporary suicide martyr. Along the way, they provide a groundbreaking analysis of how terrorism has been perceived throughout history. What becomes powerfully clear is that only through deeper understanding can we fully grasp the present dangers of a phenomenon whose repercussions are far from over. This updated edition includes a new chapter analyzing the rise of ISIS and key events such as the 2015 Paris attacks.

Urban Guerrilla Warfare

Urban Guerrilla Warfare Author Anthony James Joes
ISBN-10 9780813137599
Release 2007-04-20
Pages 232
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Guerrilla insurgencies continue to rage across the globe, fueled by ethnic and religious conflict and the easy availability of weapons. At the same time, urban population centers in both industrialized and developing nations attract ever-increasing numbers of people, outstripping rural growth rates worldwide. As a consequence of this population shift from the countryside to the cities, guerrilla conflict in urban areas, similar to the violent response to U.S. occupation in Iraq, will become more frequent. Urban Guerrilla Warfare traces the diverse origins of urban conflicts and identifies similarities and differences in the methods of counterinsurgent forces. In this wide-ranging and richly detailed comparative analysis, Anthony James Joes examines eight key examples of urban guerrilla conflict spanning half a century and four continents: Warsaw in 1944, Budapest in 1956, Algiers in 1957, Montevideo and São Paulo in the 1960s, Saigon in 1968, Northern Ireland from 1970 to 1998, and Grozny from 1994 to 1996. Joes demonstrates that urban insurgents violate certain fundamental principles of guerrilla warfare as set forth by renowned military strategists such as Carl von Clausewitz and Mao Tse-tung. Urban guerrillas operate in finite areas, leaving themselves vulnerable to encirclement and ultimate defeat. They also tend to abandon the goal of establishing a secure base or a cross-border sanctuary, making precarious combat even riskier. Typically, urban guerrillas do not solely target soldiers and police; they often attack civilians in an effort to frighten and disorient the local population and discredit the regime. Thus urban guerrilla warfare becomes difficult to distinguish from simple terrorism. Joes argues persuasively against committing U.S. troops in urban counterinsurgencies, but also offers cogent recommendations for the successful conduct of such operations where they must be undertaken.

Revolution and Resistance

Revolution and Resistance Author David Tucker
ISBN-10 9781421420691
Release 2016-09-11
Pages 152
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"What will future wars look like? Will war with terrorists dominate our future? With the proliferation of insurgent activity around the globe, do we need to wage war in a "new" way? David Tucker disputes the suggestion that there is something new in today's warfare. He argues instead that the future of war is evident in its own history--a history as old as Caesar's campaigns against the Gauls or Native American insurgencies against the US Army--a history which at its most fundamental level is the story of resistance to power. To glean information about the future of war, Tucker examines its past, proposing an alternative military history to guide our armed forces' efforts. Conventional military history emphasizes great battles between regular armies, but Tucker believes that the cumulative effect of irregular warfare--terrorism, guerrilla warfare, insurgency--is historically as significant as the effect of the great battles. In six succinct chapters, he creates a new framework to explain the historical significance of changing patterns of conflict. This framework will encourage new considerations of conflict, the role of technology, and the importance of organization. The book will appeal to instructors of upper-division and graduate courses in national and homeland security studies, international studies, foreign policy studies, and history. Reader Patrick Garrity believes Tucker is tackling a "critical yet still intellectually undeveloped field of study" and that his book will appeal to both academic and general audiences."--Provided by publisher.

The Routledge History of Terrorism

The Routledge History of Terrorism Author Randall D. Law
ISBN-10 9781317514862
Release 2015-03-27
Pages 528
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Though the history of terrorism stretches back to the ancient world, today it is often understood as a recent development. Comprehensive enough to serve as a survey for students or newcomers to the field, yet with enough depth to engage the specialist, The Routledge History of Terrorism is the first single-volume authoritative reference text to place terrorism firmly into its historical context. Terrorism is a transnational phenomenon with a convoluted history that defies easy periodization and narrative treatment. Over the course of 32 chapters, experts in the field analyze its historical significance and explore how and why terrorism emerged as a set of distinct strategies, tactics, and mindsets across time and space. Chapters address not only familiar topics such as the Northern Irish Troubles, the Palestine Liberation Organization, international terrorism, and the rise of al-Qaeda, but also lesser-explored issues such as: American racial terrorism state terror and terrorism in the Middle Ages tyrannicide from Ancient Greece and Rome to the seventeenth century the roots of Islamist violence the urban guerrilla, terrorism, and state terror in Latin America literary treatments of terrorism. With an introduction by the editor explaining the book’s rationale and organization, as well as a guide to the definition of terrorism, an historiographical chapter analysing the historical approach to terrorism studies, and an eight-chapter section that explores critical themes in the history of terrorism, this book is essential reading for all those interested in the past, present, and future of terrorism.


Terrorism Author Randall Law
ISBN-10 9780745640372
Release 2009-08-10
Pages 363
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The book leads the reader through the shifting understandings and definitions of terrorism through the ages, providing an understanding of the uses of and responses to terrorism. Extentisvely covers jihadism, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, Northern Ireland and the Ku Klux Klan, plus many other movements.

The Violent American Century

The Violent American Century Author John W. Dower
ISBN-10 9781608467266
Release 2017-03-20
Pages 150
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World War II marked the apogee of industrialized “total war.” Great powers savaged one another. Hostilities engulfed the globe. Mobilization extended to virtually every sector of every nation. Air war, including the terror bombing of civilians, emerged as a central strategy of the victorious Anglo-American powers. The devastation was catastrophic almost everywhere, with the notable exception of the United States, which exited the strife unscathed and unmatched in power and influence. The death toll of fighting forces plus civilians worldwide was staggering. The Violent “American Century” addresses the U.S.-led transformations in war conduct and strategizing that followed 1945—beginning with brutal localized hostilities, proxy wars, and the nuclear terror of the Cold War, and ending with the asymmetrical conflicts of the present day. The military playbook now meshes brute force with a focus on non-state terrorism, counterinsurgency, clandestine operations, a vast web of overseas American military bases, and—most touted of all—a revolutionary new era of computerized “precision” warfare. By contrast to World War II, postwar death and destruction has been comparatively small. By any other measure, it has been appalling—and shows no sign of abating. The winner of numerous national prizes for his historical writings, including the Pulitzer and the National Book Award, Dower draws heavily on hard data and internal U.S. planning and pronouncements in this concise analysis of war and terror in our time. In doing so, he places U.S. policy and practice firmly within the broader context of global mayhem, havoc, and slaughter since World War II—always with bottom-line attentiveness to the human costs of this legacy of unceasing violence.

Insurgency in the modern world

Insurgency in the modern world Author Bard E. O'Neill
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105036105976
Release 1980
Pages 291
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Insurgency in the modern world has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Insurgency in the modern world also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Insurgency in the modern world book for free.

Resolving Insurgencies

Resolving Insurgencies Author Thomas R. Mockaitis
ISBN-10 9781584874959
Release 2011-01-01
Pages 95
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Introduction -- Approach -- Insurgency -- Chronic insurgency and shadow governance -- Counterinsurgency -- Historical analysis : four different outcomes -- Group 1 : insurgent victories -- Group 2 : government victories -- Group 3 : degenerate insurgencies -- Group 4 : success through co-option -- Lessons -- A strategy of co-option -- Implications for Iraq and Afghanistan -- Conclusion.

Inside Terrorism

Inside Terrorism Author Bruce Hoffman
ISBN-10 0231510462
Release 2006-08-04
Pages 456
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Bruce Hoffman's Inside Terrorism has remained a seminal work for understanding the historical evolution of terrorism and the terrorist mindset. In this revised edition of the classic text, Hoffman analyzes the new adversaries, motivations, and tactics of global terrorism that have emerged in recent years, focusing specifically on how al Qaeda has changed since 9/11; the reasons behind its resiliency, resonance, and longevity; and its successful use of the Internet and videotapes to build public support and gain new recruits. Hoffman broadens the discussion by evaluating the potential repercussions of the Iraqi insurgency, the use of suicide bombers, terrorist exploitation of new communications media, and the likelihood of a chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear terrorist strike. Closer to home, Hoffman reconsiders the Timothy McVeigh case and the threats posed by American Christian white supremacists and abortion opponents as well as those posed by militant environmentalists and animal rights activists. He argues that the attacks on the World Trade Center fundamentally transformed the West's view of the terrorist threat. More relevant and necessary than ever, Inside Terrorism continues to be the definitive work on the history and future of global terrorism.