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Political Science Intelligence & Espionage

Countering Violent Extremism and Terrorism

Assessing Domestic and International Strategies

edited by Stéfanie vonHlatky

Publisher
McGill-Queen's University Press
Initial publish date
Feb 2020
Category
Intelligence & Espionage, Security (National & International), Terrorism
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780773559363
    Publish Date
    Feb 2020
    List Price
    $34.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780773559356
    Publish Date
    Feb 2020
    List Price
    $110.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9780228000617
    Publish Date
    Feb 2020
    List Price
    $34.95

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Since 9/11, counterterrorism has become a national and international priority. Research on violent extremism and terrorism, from homegrown threats to foreign fighters, has adapted accordingly but has not always translated into policymaking. Extremism can be traced to no single cause, and yet governments and law-enforcement agencies continue to spend millions on prevention efforts. Contributors to this book identify persistent challenges for counterterrorism and countering violent extremism and provide analysis from a variety of academic and professional perspectives. Countering Violent Extremism and Terrorism cautions against adopting a causal model to understand violent extremism and takes a critical look at how states have managed to cope with the global phenomenon of terrorism. By drawing on the expertise of researchers and practitioners from government, law enforcement, and the military, contributors identify past failures and offer guidance on how to correct these mistakes. With the collective goal of developing more effective strategies, the authors dispel common myths, discard counterproductive tactics, and point to countries in which policies have functioned as intended. As some terrorist organizations' influence wanes, others innovate and thrive, further challenging a state apparatus that is slow to adapt to these mutating threats. An essential and timely book, Countering Violent Extremism and Terrorism seeks to change how governments and policymakers consider and respond to security threats.

About the author

Stéfanie von Hlatky is associate professor of political studies at Queen's University and co-editor of Transhumanizing War: Performance Enhancement and the Implications for Policy, Society, and the Soldier and Going to War? Trends in Military Interventions.

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Editorial Reviews

"Compiling 10 essays by 14 international scholars, this fascinating collection brings a different, and all too rare, perspective to bear on the study of terrorism—a largely Canadian viewpoint." Choice

“The volume’s integration of scholars and practitioners also helps bridge the disconnect between research and policy, encouraging collaboration across sectors to better craft policy that is grounded in research and data. This is an excellent read for anyone interested in learning more about programs and initiatives for preventing violent extremism and counterterrorism as well as those interested in comparative approaches to national security strategy.” H-Diplo, H-Net Reviews