U.S. Strategy Against Global Terrorism: How It Evolved, Why It Failed, and Where It is Headed

Hardcover | October 15, 2009

byAndrew T H Tan

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This book traces the events and developments that quickly discredited the Global War on Terror (GWOT), especially its failure to deal with the threat of global terrorism after the events of 11 September 2001. It examines the various strategies, including Global Counterinsurgency (GCOIN), which have been put forward as alternatives to the GWOT. While a consensus can be found on the key elements of a grand strategy, based on the mistakes and failures in the GWOT, it is far from clear if any GCOIN strategy could work. In fact, the US pursuit of a grand strategy is probably a chimera.

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This book traces the events and developments that quickly discredited the Global War on Terror (GWOT), especially its failure to deal with the threat of global terrorism after the events of 11 September 2001. It examines the various strategies, including Global Counterinsurgency (GCOIN), which have been put forward as alternatives to t...

Andrew T H Tan is an Associate Professor and Convenor of International Studies at the University of New South Wales, Australia. He was previously a Senior Lecturer in Defence Studie at King’s College London and taught on the Masters in Defence Studies program at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, Britain’s combined military...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.4 × 5.71 × 0.72 inPublished:October 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230619975

ISBN - 13:9780230619975

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Table of Contents

The US and Global Terrorism * The Failure of the GWOT * The US Invasion of Iraq * The Iraq Conundrum and its Implications * The Continuing Threat and Why the US Failed * From GWOT to COIN – The Evolution of US Counter-Terrorism Strategy * The Evolution of US Counter-Terrorism Strategy – From COIN to Global Counterinsurgency * The Future for Counterterrorism

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“Tan has added another insightful volume to his published works. In this book he provides a cogent, balanced, and objective evaluation of the strategy behind the Global War on Terror, avoiding the polemics so often found in such discussions. Tan not only considers the mistakes that have been made in response to the attacks of 9/11--most obviously the ill-fated invasion of Iraq in 2003--but he leaves little doubt that the invasion of Iraq, unlike the preceding invasion of Afghanistan, led to increases in terrorist activities and led to generalized discontent and doubts about the United States among Muslims. Tan goes further, however, and notes the improvements that made been made in US counterinsurgency strategies in efforts to deal with terrorism around the world.  Finally, he looks to the future and notes what additional changes will be necessary to contain, but not defeat, the current terrorist threats.  Overall, this book is an important contribution to the literature on international relations theories and terrorism.”--James M. Lutz, Processor and Chair of Political Science, Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne “Andrew Tan provides an update to the Winston Churchill quip that ‘Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing. . .after they have exhausted all other possibilities.’ His critical review of recent debates on US counterterrorism strategy illustrates change for the better. However, he demonstrates that in the course of finding a good strategy the United States has crucially diminished its capabilities to implement it.”-- Michael Brzoska, Professor and Director of the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, University of Hamburg, Germany  “Since al Qaeda attacked America’s most iconic landmarks on 9/11, America’s overwhelmingly kinetic and lethal response has not helped to reduce the threat. The U.S.-led strategy has shaped the global response against terrorism. A pre-eminent threat specialist Andrew Tan’s definitive book on U.S. strategy against global terrorism is a must read for practitioners and scholars. Professor Tan is not afraid to criticize the U.S. response.”--Rohan Gunaratna, Head of RSIS’s International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, author of Inside al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror