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Effectively Countering Terrorism
The Challenges of Prevention, Preparedness and Response

Cornelia Beyer and Michael Bauer

Cornelia Beyer is Lecturer in security studies at the University of Hull and the author of Violent Globalisms – Conflict in Response to Empire.

Michael Bauer is a Research Fellow at the Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP) in Munich, Germany.


Since September 11, 2001, the pressure on Al Qaeda has increased. Training sanctuaries and havens have been eliminated, and numerous fighters of the organization have been killed, captured or are in hiding. Today, Al Qaeda can be understood – according to many analysts – much more as an ideological platform than an operative terror organization: Bin Laden and al-Zawahiri cannot provide tactical leadership. But they pose a new, more virtual threat insofar as recruitment, training and indoctrination, as well as propaganda, have moved to small cell operations in virtually every country, under the Al Qaeda ideological banner.

The stark fact is that the execution of the global war on terrorism has not decreased international terrorism directed against the West. In view of this apparent failure of present strategies, the editors have sought the opinions of eight distinguished scholars and experts in the field to reflect on the following questions: What additional actions are required in counterterrorism policy to reverse the increase in terror-directed activities? What are the main shortcomings of current policy initiatives? And, what policy recommendations can they make as a result of recent developments in counterterrorism theory and new data on terror perpetrators and incidents? Their answers set out in this volume provide important contributions – academic, scientific, and practical – to the debate on how to effectively counter terrorism, which methods to pursue, and which means to apply.

The volume is structured in three parts: Possible anticipatory actions in the context of counterterrorism and prevention; the question of reasonable reaction to a perceived or real threat; and discussion on the effects of an attack and how to deal with them.


Michael Bauer and Cornelia Beyer

Part One Primary Prevention
1 Ideology in Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism:
Lessons from Combating al-Qaeda and al-Jemaah
al-Islamiyah in Southeast Asia
Rohan Gunaratna

2 The Root Causes of Terrorism: How to Address Them
Jason Franks

3 Escaping the Prisoner’s Dilemma: Securing a Role for Human Rights in Counter-Terrorism
Benedetta Berti

Part Two Countering the Threat
4 Teaching an Old Paradigm New Tricks: The Poverty
of Traditional Security Responses to Transnational
Michael Heazle

5 When International Counter-Terrorism Succeeds:
Lessons from the Defeat of the ‘17 November
Revolutionary Organization’
Christos Floros and Bruce Newsome

6 The Sinews of War: The Financing of Terrorist Groups
Nick Ridley

Part Three Responding to Attacks
7 The Effective Countering of Terrorism: Logistical
and Operational Countermeasures
Friedrich Steinhäusler

8 The Next Terror Attack: The Centrality of Media
and Public Information in Preparedness Planning
Brigitte L. Nacos

Conclusion: How to Increase the Effectiveness of
Michael Bauer and Cornelia Beyer

The Contributors

“This book is a valuable enrichment for understanding one of the most challenging security political topics of the 21st century. In a most interesting and deeply analytical way the reader gets explanations concerning not only the roots and forms of modern terrorism but also how to effectively develop strategies for increasing security.” Franco Algieri, Director of Research, Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES)

Effectively Countering Terrorism is an outstanding contribution on one of the most pressing issues of our time. It should be read by policy-makers and academics alike. The volume analyses and discusses the most significant questions related to the struggle against terrorism and makes important recommendations on the current practice.” Janis A. Emmanouilidis, Stavros Costopoulos Research Fellow, Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), Athens

“This is a fine, forward-looking collection of penetrating analyses on preventing, countering and responding to terrorism. New voices gives us new insights from around the world.” I. William Zartman, Jacob Blaustein Professor Emeritus of International Organization and Conflict Resolution, School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University

“The fight against global terrorism has been fought on two fronts: with military force, and with attempts to democratize countries where terrorists have found safe haven. Success from either approach has not been promising. The editors of this book have brought together eight scholars with expertise in terrorism studies to provide answers for questions: How can terrorism be prevented? How can terrorism be countered? And, what has to be considered in the aftermath of a terrorist attack? The complexity of issues related to combating terrorism becomes more clear in the reading of these essays.” Reference & Research Book News


Publication Details

Hardback ISBN:
Page Extent / Format:
272 pp. / 229 x 152 mm
Release Date:
September 2009
  Illustrated:   No
Hardback Price:
£54.95 / $79.95

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