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The Evolution of the Global Terrorist Threat: From 9/11 to Osama bin Laden's Death

by Bruce Hoffman & Fernando Reinares Columbia University Press (October 28, 2014)

Examining major terrorist acts and campaigns undertaken in the decade following September 11, 2001, internationally recognized scholars study the involvement of global terrorist leaders and organizations in...

The 7/7 London Underground Bombing: Not So Homegrown: A Selection from The Evolution of the Global Terrorist Threat: From 9/11 to Osama bin Laden's De

by Bruce Hoffman Columbia University Press (September 02, 2014)

This chapter analyzes the July 7, 2005 suicide bomb attacks against four London transportation targets that killed over 50 people and injured hundreds others. It was among the most important operations directed...

Renegade Regimes: Confronting Deviant Behavior in World Politics

by Miroslav Nincic Columbia University Press (October 26, 2005)

Rogue states pursue weapons of mass destruction, support terrorism, violate human rights, engage in acts of territorial aggression, and pose a threat to the international community. Recent debates and policy...

Anticipating a Nuclear Iran: Challenges for U.S. Security

by Robert L. Pfaltzgraff Jr. & Jacquelyn K. Davis Columbia University Press (December 17, 2013)

This volume assumes the worst: a defensive, aggressive Iran already possesses a nuclear arsenal. How should the United States handle this threat, and can it deter the use of such weapons? Through three scenario...

Biosecurity Interventions: Global Health and Security in Question

by Andrew Lakoff & Stephen J Collier Columbia University Press (October 21, 2008)

In recent years, new disease threats—such as SARS, avian flu, mad cow disease, and drug-resistant strains of malaria and tuberculosis—have garnered media attention and galvanized political response. Proposals...

Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late

by Joseph Cirincione Columbia University Press (November 12, 2013)

There is a high risk that someone will use, by accident or design, one or more of the 17,000 nuclear weapons in the world today. Many thought such threats ended with the Cold War or that current policies can...

Finding Ourselves at the Movies: Philosophy for a New Generation

by Paul W. Kahn Columbia University Press (November 12, 2013)

Academic philosophy may have lost its audience, but the traditional subjects of philosophy—love, death, justice, knowledge, and faith—remain as compelling as ever. To reach a new generation, Paul W. Kahn argues...

Counterinsurgency in Crisis: Britain and the Challenges of Modern Warfare

by Robert Egnell, David H. Ucko & Colin Gray Columbia University Press (October 08, 2013)

Long considered the masters of counterinsurgency, the British military encountered significant problems in Iraq and Afghanistan when confronted with insurgent violence. In their effort to apply the principles...

German Jihad: On the Internationalisation of Islamist Terrorism

by Guido W. Steinberg Columbia University Press (June 25, 2013)

Since 2007, the German jihadist scene has become Europe’s most dynamic, characterized by an extreme anti-Americanism, impressive international networks, and spectacular propaganda. German jihadists travel...

The Quest for Security: Protection Without Protectionism and the Challenge of Global Governance

by Joseph E. Stiglitz & Mary Kaldor Columbia University Press (April 02, 2013)

The essays in this collection boldly confront the quest for security arising from the social, economic, environmental, and political crises and transformations of our century. Joseph E. Stiglitz and Mary Kaldor...

Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict

by Erica Chenoweth & Maria J. Stephan Columbia University Press (August 02, 2011)

Though it defies consensus, between 1900 and 2006, campaigns of nonviolent resistance were more than twice as effective as their violent counterparts. Attracting impressive support from citizens that helps separate...

The International Politics of Intelligence Sharing

by James Igoe Walsh Columbia University Press (November 19, 2009)

The cross-border sharing of intelligence is fundamental to the establishment and preservation of security and stability. The American invasion of Iraq in 2003 was based in part on flawed intelligence, and current...

Agents of Bioterrorism: Pathogens and Their Weaponization

by Geoffrey Zubay Columbia University Press (February 14, 2008)

This new work offers a clear and thorough account of the threats posed by bioterrorism from the perspective of biologists. The authors examine thirteen disease-causing agents, including those responsible for...

Terrorism and Counterintelligence: How Terorist Groups Elude Detection

by Blake W. Mobley Columbia University Press (August 21, 2012)

Protecting information, identifying undercover agents, and operating clandestinely; efforts known as counterintelligence; are the primary objectives of terrorist groups who hope to evade detection by intelligence...

Buying Military Transformation: Technological Innovation and the Defense Industry

by Peter Dombrowski & Eugene Gholz Columbia University Press (September 26, 2006)

In Buying Military Transformation, Peter Dombrowski and Eugene Gholz analyze the United States military's ongoing effort to capitalize on information technology. New ideas about military doctrine derived from...

Colonial Effects: The Making of National Identity in Jordan

by Joseph A. Massad Columbia University Press (September 11, 2001)

Colonial Effects analyzes the creation and definition of modern Jordanian identity. Massad studies two key institutions-- the law and the military--and uses them to create an original and precise analysis of...

Memories of Life in Lhasa Under Chinese Rule

by Tubten Khetsun & Matthew Akester Columbia University Press (December 20, 2007)

Born in 1941, Tubten Khétsun is a nephew of the Gyatso Tashi Khendrung, one of the senior government officials taken prisoner after the Tibetan peoples' uprising of March 10, 1959. Khétsun himself was arrested...

The Democracy Makers: Human Rights and the Politics of Global Order

by Nicolas Guilhot Columbia University Press (April 13, 2005)

Has the international movement for democracy and human rights gone from being a weapon against power to part of the arsenal of power itself? Nicolas Guilhot explores this question in his penetrating look at...

Space as a Strategic Asset

by Joan Johnson-Freese Columbia University Press (March 23, 2007)

Joan Johnson-Freese argues that the race for space weapons and the U.S. quest for exclusive or at least dominant ownership of strategic space assets have alienated the very allies that the United States needs...

Insurgents, Terrorists, and Militias: The Warriors of Contemporary Combat

by Richard H. Shultz Jr. & Andrea J. Dew Columbia University Press (June 27, 2006)

By focusing on four specific hotbeds of instability-Somalia, Chechnya, Afghanistan, and Iraq-Richard H. Shultz Jr. and Andrea J. Dew carefully analyze tribal culture and clan associations, examine why "traditional"...

Modern Slavery

by Siddharth Kara Columbia University Press (October 10, 2017)

Siddharth Kara is a tireless chronicler of the human cost of slavery around the world. He has documented the realities of human trafficking and forced labor in order to reveal the degrading and dehumanizing...

Race on the Brain

by Jonathan Kahn Columbia University Press (November 07, 2017)

Of the many obstacles to racial justice in America, none has received more recent attention than the one that lurks in our subconscious. As social movements and policing scandals have shown how far from being...

Nexus of Global Jihad

by Assaf Moghadam Columbia University Press (May 30, 2017)

Leading jihadist groups such as al-Qaeda and the Islamic State dominate through cooperation in the form of knowledge sharing, resource sharing, joint training exercises, and operational collaboration. They build...

Age of Lone Wolf Terrorism

by Ramón Spaaij, Mark S. Hamm & Simon Cottee Columbia University Press (May 09, 2017)

The lethality of lone-wolf terrorism has reached an all-time high in the United States. Isolated individuals using firearms with high-capacity magazines are committing brutally efficient killings with the aim...

How the Gloves Came Off

by Elizabeth Grimm Arsenault Columbia University Press (March 07, 2017)

The treatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison, Guantánamo Bay, and far-flung CIA “black sites” after the attacks of 9/11 included cruelty that defied legal and normative prohibitions in U.S. and international...

Protection Amid Chaos

by Nadya Hajj Columbia University Press (December 06, 2016)

The right to own property is something we generally take for granted. For refugees living in camps, in some cases for as long as generations, the link between citizenship and property ownership becomes strained....

Intelligence and U.S. Foreign Policy

by Paul R. Pillar Columbia University Press (September 06, 2011)

A career of nearly three decades with the CIA and the National Intelligence Council showed Paul R. Pillar that intelligence reforms, especially measures enacted since 9/11, can be deeply misguided. They often...

Holy Wars and Holy Alliance

by Manlio Graziano Columbia University Press (April 04, 2017)

Religions are creeping back into the social, political, and economic spheres previously occupied by secular institutions and ideologies. Disillusioned with industrial progress and cut off from opportunity and...

Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons

by Joseph Cirincione Columbia University Press (February 27, 2007)

Beginning with the atomic discoveries of the 1930s, Joseph Cirincione unravels the science, strategy, and politics that have fueled the development of nuclear stockpiles and increased the chance of a nuclear...

Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror

by Rohan Gunaratna Columbia University Press (June 05, 2002)

Based on five years of research, it sheds crucial new light on Al Qaeda's role in financing and training terrorists in Asia, Africa, the Caucuses, the Balkans, and the West and assesses the terror network's...

United States Special Operations Forces

by David Tucker & Christopher J. Lamb Columbia University Press (September 04, 2007)

In October and November of 2001, small numbers of soldiers from the Army Special Forces entered Afghanistan, linked up with elements of the Northern Alliance (an assortment of Afghanis opposed to the Taliban),...

Jewish Terrorism in Israel

by Ami Pedahzur & Arie Perliger Columbia University Press (October 01, 2009)

Ami Pedahzur and Arie Perliger, world experts on the study of terror and security, propose a theory of violence that contextualizes not only recent acts of terror but also instances of terrorism that stretch...

International Relations Theory and the Asia-Pacific

by G. John. Ikenberry & Michael Mastanduno Columbia University Press (May 21, 2003)

What tools will international relations theorists need to understand the complex relationship among China, Japan, and the United States as the three powers shape the economic and political future of this crucial...

Pakistan at the Crossroads: Domestic Dynamics and External Pressures

by Christophe Jaffrelot Columbia University Press (April 12, 2016)

Top international scholars assess Pakistan’s politics and economics and the challenges faced by its civil and military regimes. Contributors examine the state’s handling of internal threats, tensions among...

New Battlefields/Old Laws: Critical Debates on Asymmetric Warfare

by William C. Banks Columbia University Press (October 25, 2011)

An internationally-recognized authority on constitutional law, national security law, and counterterrorism, William C. Banks believes changing patterns of global conflict are forcing a reexamination of the traditional...

Religion, Secularism, and Constitutional Democracy

by Jean L. Cohen & Cécile Laborde Columbia University Press (December 22, 2015)

Polarization between political religionists and militant secularists on both sides of the Atlantic is on the rise. Critically engaging with traditional secularism and religious accommodationism, this collection...

Forgetting Children Born of War: Setting the Human Rights Agenda in Bosnia and Beyond

by Charli Carpenter Columbia University Press (May 31, 2010)

Sexual violence and exploitation occur in many conflict zones, and the children born of such acts face discrimination, stigma, and infanticide. Yet the massive transnational network of organizations working...

Talking About Torture: How Political Discourse Shapes the Debate

by Jared Del Rosso Columbia University Press (June 09, 2015)

When the photographs depicting torture at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison were released in 2004, U.S. politicians attributed the incident to a few bad apples in the American military, exonerated high-ranking members...

The Political Impossibility of Modern Counterinsurgency: Strategic Problems, Puzzles, and Paradoxes

by M.L.R. Smith & David Martin Jones Columbia University Press (May 12, 2015)

The counterinsurgency (COIN) paradigm dominates military and political conduct in contemporary Western strategic thought. It assumes future wars will unfold as “low intensity” conflicts within rather than...

Govern Like Us: U.S. Expectations of Poor Countries

by M. A. Thomas Columbia University Press (May 05, 2015)

In the poorest countries, such as Afghanistan, Haiti, and Mali, the United States has struggled to work with governments whose corruption and lack of capacity are increasingly seen to be the cause of instability...

Global Alert: The Rationality of Modern Islamist Terrorism and the Challenge to the Liberal Democratic World

by Boaz Ganor Columbia University Press (May 05, 2015)

Global Alert describes the motivations that lead to modern Islamist terrorism and the different stages in the execution of a terrorist attack. Challenging the certainty that liberal democratic values offer an...

Marching Through Suffering: Loss and Survival in North Korea

by Sandra Fahy Columbia University Press (April 07, 2015)

Marching Through Suffering is a deeply personal portrait of the ravages of famine and totalitarian politics in modern North Korea since the 1990s. Featuring interviews with more than thirty North Koreans who...

AIDS Between Science and Politics

by Peter Piot & Laurence Garey Columbia University Press (February 24, 2015)

Peter Piot, founding executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), recounts his experience as a clinician, scientist, and activist fighting the disease from its earliest manifestation...

Inside Terrorism

by Bruce Hoffman Columbia University Press (June 06, 2006)

Bruce Hoffman's Inside Terrorism has remained a seminal work for understanding the historical evolution of terrorism and the terrorist mindset. In this revised edition of the classic text, Hoffman analyzes the...

Mental Health in the War on Terror: Culture, Science, and Statecraft

by Neil Krishan Aggarwal Columbia University Press (January 13, 2015)

Neil Aggarwal’s timely study finds that mental-health and biomedical professionals have created new forms of knowledge and practice in their desire to understand and fight terrorism, and in the process, psychiatrists...