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The New Era of Terrorism

The New Era of Terrorism
Selected Readings

  • Gus Martin - California State University, Dominguez Hills, USA

April 2004 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
September 11, 2001 affected every sector of society in the United States. In order to restore the nation's sense of well-being, a new Department of Homeland Security was implemented and new legislation such as the USA Patriot Act was established. Internationally, governments cooperated to disrupt terrorist cells as part of a global effort to break up extremist networks - signifying a new era of terrorism is upon us.

The New Era of Terrorism: Selected Readings is a collection of edited articles on policy issues that have emerged since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, as well as relevant events that immediately preceded the attacks. The compelling articles in this reader are from reputable journals and magazines such as The Atlantic Monthly and The New Republic and have been written by renowned scholars in the field of terrorism. Editor Gus Martin provides an introduction to each chapter that summarizes the major issues and topics covered within the chapter.

Features of this text:

Examines terrorism in the modern era and offers expert analysis of the post-September 11, 2001 environment

Delivers a current perspective on terrorism and examines the challenges that must be dealt with by the United States and nation states around the world

Develops topics logically by incrementally building upon concepts covered in previous chapters

Stimulates critical thinking by presenting provocative articles and essays taken from respected publications and providing recommended readings for further discussion

The New Era of Terrorism is an excellent supplement to Gus Martin's Understanding Terrorism: Challenges, Perspectives, and Issues (2003) or any other terrorism textbook. This anthology is recommended for advanced undergraduate and graduate students studying terrorism, homeland security, political conflict, social movements, criminal justice issues, and law enforcement. It can be used in a wide range of courses in the fields of Administration of Justice, Political Science, Criminal Justice, Sociology, and Public Administration.

Gus Martin
Chapter 1. Prologue: Rethinking Policy and Theory in the New Era of Terrorism
Rethinking Terrorism and Counterterrorism Since 9/11

The Unipolar Moment Revisited

Charles Krauthammer
Foreword: Freedom and Security After September 11

Viet Dinh
Chapter 2. The New Era in Perspective
A Historical Analysis of Mass Casualty Bombers

Chris Quillen
Harbinger or Aberration? A 9/11 Provocation

John Mueller
The Imbalance of Terror

Therese Delpech
Chapter 3. Defining Terrorism in the New Era
Terrorism: The Problem of Definition Revisited

H.H.A. Cooper
Mixed Message: Arab and Muslim Response to 'Terrorism'

Mustafa Al Sayyid
Choices of Law, Choices of War

Noah Feldman
Chapter 4. Causes of Terrorism in the New Era
Cross-Regional Trends in Female Terrorism

Karla J. Cunningham
God and Mammon: Does Poverty Cause Militant Islam?

Daniel Pipes
The Radical Right After 9/11

Daniel Levitas
Chapter 5. Exotic Terrorism
What it Takes to Become a Nuclear Terrorist

Friedrich Steinhausler
The Rise of Complex Terrorism

Thomas Homer-Dixon
The Culture of Martyrdom: How Suicide Bombing Became not Just a Means but an End

David Brooks
Chapter 6. The New Era of Religious Terrorism
Just War, Jihad, and Terrorism: A Comparison of Western and Islamic Norms for the Use of Political Violence

Adam L. Silverman
Must Innocents Die? The Muslim Debate Over Suicide Attacks

Haim Malka
The New Terrorism: Securing the Nation Against a Messianic Foe

Steven Simon
Chapter 7. The Near-Future of Terrorism
The Terrorist Calculus Behind 9-11: A Model for Future Terrorism?

Brigitte L. Nacos
Can Terrorists Get the Bomb?

Gary Milhollin
Russia, Islam, and the War on Terrorism: An Uneasy Future

Ariel Cohen
Chapter 8. Issues and Challenges for Counterterrorism
There Are No Rules' (George W. Bush): International Order After September 11

Andrew Hurrell
Rights, Liberties, and Security: Recalibrating the Balance After September 11

Stuart Taylor, Jr.
A Nasty Business

Bruce Hoffman
Chapter 9. Counterterrorist Options in the New Era
Terrorism and the Use of Force

Geir Ulfstein
A New Strategy for the New Face of Terrorism

Paul L. Bremer, III
Smarter Intelligence

John Deutch and Jeffrey H. Smith
Chapter 10. Forging Alliances in the New Era
The End of the Unipolar Moment? September 11 and the Future of World Order

Steve Smith
The Future of International Coalitions: How Useful? How Manageable?

Paul Dibb
They the People: Our Abandoned Muslim Allies

Azar Nafisi

"On September 11 (2001) the USA was struck by a terror attack on a scale never before imagined. . . Gus Martin's reader The New Era of Terrorism is meant, as he puts it, to stimulate critical discussion about the attributes of the new era of terrorism and the policy options available to societies and governments in this era. . . The reader is organized into three thematic parts, each of which is comprised of three chapters. . .  Three articles are included in each chapter. The first articles have been selected from reputable scholarly journals, and the remaining two from policy-oriented political and legal journals and mass-market publications. . .

In the reader a wide variety of analyses and opinions are given. . . While "European authors" tend to advocate an internationalist, legalistic approach, stressing the importance of coalition-building, many "American authors" are favouring a stronger, more direct approach to terrorism, showing disappointment at a weak European response. . . Overall, this is a timely, insightful read."

Willem I. Togtema

This is also a good supplementary book for students who are studying terrorism and counter-terrorism.

Mr Ikrom Yakubov
Department of Politics, Dundee University
November 27, 2015

This highly provocative book presents an anthology of academic articles, political readings and social insights in the aftermath of 9/11. Designed with the intention to stimulate debate, this book is an asset for discussion groups and academic seminars that seeks to understand terrorism in the 21st century.

Ms Anna Davenport
Materials Science Research Centre, Glyndwr University
December 5, 2011

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