Terrorism: Patterns of Internationalization provides a systematic analysis of the concepts of internationalization of terrorism. It looks into the stages and processes through which terrorism has developed in various parts of the world and binds together the facts to present a comprehensive picture of the distinguishing features that characterize the internationalization of terrorism—from local to global. Through 11 well-researched chapters, leading experts on terrorism from across five continents express their views and analyze the main patterns, stages, and levels of internationalization of different types of terrorism in a broad cross-regional perspective.

The book challenges a number of conventional patterns of analysis and underlines the importance of visualizing terrorism as an act driven by political motivation, notwithstanding the fact that it is manifested through ideological or religious sentiments. It also analyzes the various tactics used by different terrorist organizations in different regions and distinguishes terrorists from other non-state actors. It dwells on the dangerous implications of the internationalization of terrorism and emphasizes the need to develop a research methodology which can help understand the current conceptualization of the phenomenon and bring forward analytical solutions.

This will be an important sourcebook for the military, the police, law enforcement agencies, and government training institutes. In addition, it will also benefit political analysts and professionals such as counter-insurgency and anti-terrorism experts.

Al-Qaeda Inspired Transnational Terrorism: Ideology and Organizational Forms

Al-Qaeda Inspired Transnational Terrorism: Ideology and Organizational Forms

Al-Qaeda inspired transnational terrorism: Ideology and organizational forms


Throughout history, terrorist means have been used by militant groups of different religious orientation, often blended with nationalist and socio-political ideological elements. However, the main terrorist threat to international security in the late 20th–early 21st centuries has been posed by transnational Islamist terrorism.

The challenges posed by Islamist terrorism at the transnational level can only partly be reflected by quantitative indicators. In the period from 1968 until 2006 that is covered by available data, all religious terrorist groups, including Islamist actors, were responsible for a minority of international terrorist attacks. Even with the rise of Islamist terrorism in the late 1990s–early 2000s, the number of international attacks committed by Islamist terrorists ...

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