Coping with Terrorism

Origins, Escalation, Counterstrategies, and Responses

Edited by Rafael Reuveny & William R. Thompson

Subjects: Political Science, Public Policy, Criminology, History, Social Theory
Series: SUNY Press Open Access
Paperback : 9781438433127, 418 pages, July 2011
Hardcover : 9781438433110, 418 pages, November 2010

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Table of contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
Introduction and Overview
1. Contemporary Terrorism: Origins, Escalation, Counter Strategies, and Responses
Rafael Reuveny and William R. Thompson
Part I: Origins
2. Precursors of Terror: Origins of European Extremism
Manus I. Midlarsky
3. The Technology of Terror: Accounting for the Strategic Use of Terror
Christopher K. Butler and Scott Gates
4. How to Win Enemies and Influence Terrorism: State Repression in Chechnya
Rhonda L. Callaway and Julie Harrelson-Stephens
5. Democratic Pieces: Democratization and the Origins of Terrorism
Erica Chenoweth

Part II: Escalation and Expansion
6. Internationalizing Domestic Conflict: From Local and Political Insurgency Toward Global Terrorism. The Colombian Case
Sandra Borda
7. Unspoken Reciprocity: The Effect of Major Shifts in Israeli Policy on International Terrorism
David Sobek and Alex Braithwaite
8. Unholy Alliances: How Trans-State Terrorism and International Crime Make Common Cause
Lyubov G. Mincheva and Ted Robert Gurr
Part III: Counter Strategies
9. Rational  Counterterrorism Strategy in Asymmetric Protracted Conflicts and its Discontents: The Israeli-Palestinian Case
Gil Friedman
10. Getting it Right: Understanding Effective Counter-Terrorism Strategies
William Josiger
11. Negotiating with Terrorists and the Tactical Question
I. William Zartman and Tanya Alfredson
Part IV: Responses
12. Who Supports Terrorism? Evidence from Fourteen Muslim Countries
C. Christine Fair and Bryan C. Shepherd
13. How Northern Norms Affect the South: Adopting, Adapting, and Resisting the Global War on Terror in South and Southeast Asia
Peter Romaniuk
14. Winners and Losers in the War on Terror: The Problem of Metrics
Michael Stohl
15. Reacting to Terrorism: Probabilities, Consequences and Persistence of Fear
John Mueller

A comprehensive examination of multiple dimensions of terrorism


Terrorism is imprinted on Western society's consciousness. Nearly every week a terrorist attack occurs in the world. The academic world, in attempting to understand terrorism, has often been limited to descriptive work rather than analysis, and has produced surprisingly few mainstream collections on the subject. Coping with Terrorism offers a collection of essays that ask: who are terrorists, what are their goals, who supports them, and how can we combat their tactics? The essays are scholarly, rather than journalistic or ideological, in their approach. As such, they scrutinize a much-discussed and prevalent subject and bring it into the mainstream for international relations.

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Rafael Reuveny is Professor of Political Economy at Indiana University. His books include Democracy and Economic Openness in an Interconnected System: Complex Transformations. William R. Thompson is Donald A. Rogers Professor of Political Science at Indiana University. His many books include Causes of War. Together they have coauthored Limits to Globalization: North-South Divergence and Growth, Trade, and Systemic Leadership.


"...a fascinating edited volume … The careful analytical approach, broad scope, and thought-provoking character of this book as a whole justifies using it as a text not only in graduate-level seminars but also in advanced undergraduate courses." — H-Net Reviews (H-War)