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Counterterrorism

Author(s): Marie-Helen Maras, PhD, Associate Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
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  • ISBN-13: 9781449648602
  • Paperback    418 pages      © 2013
Price: $105.95 US List
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"[Counterterrorism] is extremely useful for security professionals seeking to expand their knowledge of terrorism beyond al Qaeda. It is also an excellent reference for both graduate and undergraduate students who are considering careers in areas concerned with the growing threat of terrorism."

-Charles Schnabolk, PSP, senior partner of The Security Design Group, was a member of the nation's first counterterrorism task force convened by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Security Management magazine, November 2013 issue.
Read the full review from Security Management magazine here -
http://www.securitymanagement.com/article/counterterrorism-0012869

To fully comprehend the evolution and current state of terrorism, students must look at its history on a global scale. This full-view understanding enables students to think sensibly about terrorism and better understand effective, and equally important, ineffective measures within counterterrorism. Appropriate for undergraduate and graduate-level courses in criminal justice and homeland security, as well as political science and sociology departments, Counterterrorism focuses on domestic terrorist groups from Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, South America, and North America.  It offers critical evaluation of the counterterrorism measures implemented in response to these terrorist groups. Using a multidisciplinary approach, this comprehensive resource compares terrorist groups, assesses the factors that are conducive to certain groups’ sustainability and those that led to other groups’ demise, and notes measures that were successfully used in the past to combat terrorists and terrorist groups worldwide. This text also incorporates efficient policies into a strategy that can be used to effectively contend with the current threat of terrorism by al-Qaeda operatives, affiliates, and homegrown terrorists inspired by al-Qaeda’s cause.

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Features & Benefits

  • Employs an international scope and multi-group approach to provide students with a  full understanding of terrorism and terrorist groups beyond al-Qaeda.
  • Provides comprehensive coverage of the theory behind terrorists' motivations and actions so students will grasp how and why terrorist groups act as they do.
  • Contains boxes with case studies corresponding to the material as well as "Food for Thought" sections to offer interesting research topics and questions on counterterrorism practices.
  • Includes end-of-chapter review questions and hypothetical terrorist scenarios that test students on their comprehension of the section material and confirm that they understand terrorist groups' goals, capabilities, tactical profiles, targeting patterns, and operational areas, and the appropriateness of selected measures to counteract these threats.
  • Instructor's resources include an Instructor's Manual, PowerPoint lecture outlines, case studies, discussion questions, and recommended topics for student research assignments.
Part  I  Understanding Terrorism and Terrorists’ Mindset
  Chapter  1  Terrorism: An Introduction
  Chapter  2  Perspectives on Terrorism: Hypotheses and Theories
  Chapter  3  Factors Influencing the Sustainability of and Disengagement from Terrorism
Part  II  Driving Forces Behind Counterterrorism Policies
  Chapter  4  Terrorists Here, Terrorists There, Terrorists Everywhere: Assessing the Risk of Terrorism
  Chapter  5  The Era of Uncertainty and Precaution
  Chapter  6  War on Terrorism: Impact on Counterterrorism Policy
Part  III  Counterterrorism: Evaluating What Works and What Doesn’t Work in the Discipline
  Chapter  7  Panopticism: Intelligence Gathering, Surveillance, and Registration
  Chapter  8  Police Tactics: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  Chapter  9  Preventive Detention: Lock Them Up and Throw Away the Key
  Chapter  10  Punishing Terrorists: Unjustifiably Harsh?
  Chapter  11  Rehab for Terrorists
  Chapter  12  The Media and the Internet: Insights Into Quashing Terrorist Ideology
  Chapter  13  Making Peace with Terrorists
  Chapter  14  Thinking Outside of the Box: In Search of the “Mitos” for Terrorists
  Appendix  Selected International and National Terrorism Incidents

Marie-Helen Maras, PhD-Associate Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Dr. Marie-Helen Maras is an Associate Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She has a DPhil in Law and an MPhil in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Oxford. In addition, she holds a graduate degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of New Haven and undergraduate degrees in Computer and Information Science and Psychology from the University of Maryland University College. She has taught at New York University and SUNY-Farmingdale.

In addition to her teaching and academic work, her background includes approximately seven years of service in the U.S. Navy with significant experience in security and law enforcement from her posts as a Navy Law Enforcement Specialist and Command Investigator. While in the Navy, she supervised her personnel in conducting over 130 counter-surveillance operations throughout Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.  During the early stages of her military career, she worked as an Electronics and Calibration Technician.

  • "[Counterterrorism] is extremely useful for security professionals seeking to expand their knowledge of terrorism beyond al Qaeda. It is also an excellent reference for both graduate and undergraduate students who are considering careers in areas concerned with the growing threat of terrorism."

    -Charles Schnabolk, PSP, senior partner of The Security Design Group, was a member of the nation's first counterterrorism task force convened by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
    Security Management magazine, November 2013 issue.

    Read the full review from Security Management magazine here - http://www.securitymanagement.com/article/counterterrorism-0012869

  • "I would strongly recommend this text for an upper division undergraduate Counterterrorism text. The text has several outstanding features including the case examples, hypothetical exercises, and a balanced representation between theory and application. In addition, I appreciate the multidisciplinary approach to explaining terrorism in the ever-changing, modern world."

    -Cara Rabe-Hemp, Illinois State University

  • "[Counterterrorism] has the appropriate focus on the key social science issues.  It places the study of counterterrorism where it should be: in the traditions of Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, Criminal Justice, and Public Administration. Every employer we talked to when we created our program in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at VCU stressed that they wanted their employment candidates to have the social science background.  They wanted them to have a liberal arts education, not a training program.  This book is the best I’ve seen in that context."

    -William Newmann, Virginia Commonwealth University

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