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 8: Internationalization of Terrorism and its Limits in the Middle East
Internationalization of Terrorism and its Limits in the Middle East
A discussion of terrorism must be preceded by a definition of the term. Only then is it possible to clearly specify the subject matter to be analyzed. When approaching such a broad subject, it is necessary for reader and writer alike to narrow down the focus. Otherwise, it will be impossible to distinguish the trees from the forest. Furthermore, critical issues will not be satisfactorily addressed. The unlimited boundary encompassed in discussions regarding the Middle East necessitates a narrowing of the scope of the examination. To that end, the chapter limits the discussion to the analysis of two issues within the Palestinian terrorism paradigm: the ...