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.
Chapter 2: Transnational Links and ‘Local Connection’: Latin America and Global Terrorism
Transnational Links and ‘Local Connection’: Latin America and Global Terrorism
The 11th of September 2001 altered the concept of global terrorism in a distinctive way. It has blurred the distinction between the local and the international in terms of linking the violent act with a political aim. Likewise, the ‘war on terrorism’ that the George W. Bush administration declared immediately after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon has broadened the battlefield of counter-terrorism beyond the traditional offense/defense strategic logic and went on to embrace ‘pre-emption’ along the guideline of the 2002 National Security Strategy.1 The ‘war on terrorism’ has been institutionalized through domestic measures, including the creation of the Department of Homeland ...