Combating Terrorism: Strategies of Ten Countries by Yonah Alexander

By Yonah Alexander

The tragic occasions of September eleven, 2001, and the resultant "war on terrorism" have made the query of potent counterterrorism coverage a becoming public drawback. the unique essays in battling Terrorism provide a special review and review of the counterterrorism rules of ten nations: the U.S., Argentina, Peru, Colombia, the uk, Spain, Israel, Turkey, India, and Japan. Postscripts for every of the rustic chapters supply post-September eleven checks of present counterterrorism practices. many of the members to this quantity have served in reputable governmental capacities and plenty of proceed to function experts to governmental coverage and determination makers. all the essays handle a similar set of inquiries to enable for cross-national comparability of innovations and an evaluation of counterterrorism practices: what's the governmental and public belief of the assets of terrorism? How winning have the rules of governments been in battling either family and overseas terrorism? What components impression a government's willingness and talent to cooperate with different nations in battling terrorism? To what measure are the terrorist realities and the troubles of governments interconnected with international terrorism? To what measure are yes nations "natural hosts" of both terrorist teams or propensities that concentrate on Western or heavily allied pursuits? To what measure are terrorist businesses often considering profitable political participation of their objective international locations? Which counterterrorism concepts paintings, and which don't? What are the teachings of prior reviews for destiny counterterrorism responses on the nationwide, neighborhood, and international degrees? the realization to the quantity summarizes the teachings that could be realized from the reviews of the 10 international locations and discusses a listing of most sensible practices in counterterrorism. This e-book might be of curiosity to policymakers, students, and different people with expert tasks within the region of terrorism and safety reports. Written in transparent, obtainable prose, this ebook also will attract the overall reader who's drawn to gaining perception into the array of matters dealing with governments that activity to wrestle terrorism, and into the prospective suggestions to 1 of the major threats to international peace in our time. Yonah Alexander is Professor and Director, Inter-University heart for Terrorism reviews; Senior Fellow and Director, foreign middle for Terrorism stories, Potomac Institute for coverage experiences; and Co-Director, Inter-University middle for criminal reviews, foreign legislation Institute.

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But (as is often the case when getting what one wishes for) ultimately, the new military government lasted long enough, now that the Peronist option had seemingly vanished with the general’s death, to crush the rebels once and for all. But at what price? PROLEGOMENON TO ARGENTINA’S LONG, DIRTY WAR AGAINST TERRORISM The repression did not begin or end with the ascension to power of Gen. Jorge Videla in 1976, nor did the mayhem. By the first quarter 67 Argentina 68 • COMBATING TERRORISM of 1976, Argentines had already been subjected to five years of bombings, assassinations, and kidnappings of police and military officers, judges, trade union leaders, and businessmen as well as to extortion, robberies, and incessant propaganda as to why the violence would eventually make them happier at a time when they were also subjected to falling standards of living and inept government, both civilian and military.

It was responsible for the takeover of the Japanese ambassador’s residence in Lima in 1996, which involved the capture of hundreds of hostages. In 1997, Peruvian antiterrorist and military forces liberated the remaining hostages and killed the MRTA members. Prof. Alberto Bolivar of the Peruvian Institute for Geopolitical and Strategic Studies in Lima, Peru, reviews counterterrorism strategies in Lima. Terrorist organizations in Colombia historically consisted of Marxist-inspired insurgent groups such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the National Liberation Army (ELN), and several others that over the years were formed and defeated or negotiated settlements with the government.

Their experience has proven that terrorism can be attractive, effective, and durable, even if the tools are rather primitive. In subsequent periods, several European maritime states between the sixteenth and late eighteenth centuries employed pirates, or privateers, to terrorize the seas for the purpose of advancing foreign policy objectives. By the time of the Reign of Terror (1793–94) during the French Revolution, terrorism from “above” and “below” was commonplace. , left- and right-wing ideologies) and militant nationalism, have attained some tactical successes.

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