Description - Countering Terrorism by Michael Chandler
Long before the devastating events of 11th September 2001 many countries had developed ways to deal with terrorists, but for the most part these groups were regarded as only domestic threats. The actions of the Atta Group on 9/11, however, not only destroyed the World Trade Centre but also blew away forever these attitudes of complacency. The horror and enormity of the attacks on such iconic targets prompted an unprecedented response from across the globe. "Countering Terrorism: Can We Meet the Treat of Global Violence?" is a hard-hitting examination of responses to terrorism around the globe, looking not only at 9/11 but also the London and Madrid bombings, as well as terrorist activity in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Palestine and elsewhere. The authors argue that despite the international community being presented with a prime opportunity to cooperate and collaborate against trans-national terrorism, the opportunity has been missed, long-term visionary policies have been held hostage to short-term political expediency, and what should have been a watershed has become a trickle in the sand.
The authors' collective experience dealing with a wide range of terrorist activity, security issues and conflict situations spans over forty years, and includes first-hand exposure in the field. Together they bring their specialist knowledge to bear on one of the most critical issues of today, offering a clear-sighted way of understanding and dealing with global terrorism.
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Author Biography - Michael Chandler
Michael Chandler is a former British Army Colonel and has been involved with security, conflict situations and terrorism for over forty years. He was Chairman of the United Nations Group that monitored the implementation of sanctions against the Al-Qaeda network. Rohan Gunaratna is Head, International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies in Singapore and Senior Fellow, Fletcher School for Law and Diplomacy's Jebsen Centre for Counter Terrorism Studies. He is the author of the best-selling Inside Al-Qaeda: Global Network of Terror (2002).