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

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

byBoaz Ganor

Hardcover | May 5, 2015

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Many associate terrorism with irrational behavior and believe only lunatics could perpetuate such horrific acts. Global Alert debunks this myth by anatomizing the rationale behind modern terrorism. It draws a distinct picture of its root and instrumental causes and plots the different stages of a terrorist attack, from indoctrination and recruitment to planning, preparation, and launch.

Global Alert also exposes the measured exploitation of democratic institutions by terrorists to further their goals. Despite its strong capabilities and extensive resources, the modern liberal-democratic state is nevertheless subject to the rules of war, which partially restrict the state's ability to operate and maneuver. Boaz Ganor shows how terrorist organizations exploit these values to paralyze or neutralize the states they oppose. In outlining this new "hybrid" terrorist organization and its activity in both the military-terrorist arena and the political-welfare arena, Ganor advances an international doctrine for governing military operations between state and nonstate actors as part of a new type of armed conflict termed "multidimensional warfare."

Boaz Ganor is the founder and executive director of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), the Ronald Lauder Chair for Counter-Terrorism, and the dean of the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy, and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya. He has served as an advisor and/or a consultant to the Isra...
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Title:Global Alert: The Rationality of Modern Islamist Terrorism and the Challenge to the Liberal…Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pagesPublished:May 5, 2015Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231172125

ISBN - 13:9780231172127

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Introduction to Multidimensional Warfare: Defining Terrorism, Redefining War2. The Challenges and Dilemmas Faced by Democracies Coping with Modern Islamist Terrorism3. The Proportionality Dilemma in Countering Terrorism4. State Involvement in Terrorism5. The Hybrid Terrorist Organization6. Is Liberal Democracy the Solution to Terrorism-or Is It Part of the Problem?7. The Rationale of Modern Islamist Terrorism8. The Practical Aspects of an Islamist Terrorist Organization's Rationale9. Understanding the Rationale Behind Different Types of Terrorist Attack10. The Rationale of the Modern Islamist Terrorist Organization: Hamas as a Case Study11. ConclusionNotesSelected BibliographyIndex

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Global Alert is a must read for national security professionals, political leaders, academics, and any citizens who simply want to better understand the rationale and threat of modern Islamist terrorism.