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Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political activism > Terrorism, freedom fighters, armed struggle > General

As Terrorism Evolves - Media, Religion, and Governance (Paperback): Philip Seib As Terrorism Evolves - Media, Religion, and Governance (Paperback)
Philip Seib
R552 Discovery Miles 5 520 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Some of the world's most lethal terrorist organizations have become media-centric enterprises, while also hijacking a major world religion, holding large swathes of physical territory, and governing their own virtual states. In this concise and penetrating book, Seib traces how terrorism has proliferated and increased significantly in menace in the relatively brief period between the rise of al-Qaeda and the creation of Islamic State. With close attention to the linkages between media, religion, and violence, the book offers incisive analysis of how organizations such as Islamic State, al-Qaeda, and Boko Haram operate and reflects on how terrorism may continue to evolve. Seib argues that twenty-first-century terrorism is enabled by new media and depends on social networks as connective tissue, while interacting simultaneously with religion and socio-economic and political grievances. As Terrorism Evolves prescribes new measures for counterterrorism efforts, underscores the importance of soft power, and makes a strong case for recognizing that we have entered an era of terrorism of undetermined duration.

The Returned - They Left to Wage Jihad, Now They're Back (Paperback): David Thomson The Returned - They Left to Wage Jihad, Now They're Back (Paperback)
David Thomson; Translated by Gregory Flanders
R442 Discovery Miles 4 420 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Since 2012, hundreds of men and women have left Western countries to join jihadist groups fighting in Syria. Many are still there, many have been killed, but some have chosen to return to their countries of origin. French Journalist David Thomson met some of those who came back. Bilel, Yassin, Zoubeir, Lena, each has a different profile and story. Some have returned disgusted by the violence of the Syrian battlefields, or the terrorist attacks that have struck across Europe; they try to become forgotten, living under extreme surveillance. Others return seriously wounded or psychologically destroyed. Others still are in jail, a breeding ground for broader radicalization. And some have come back to continue to carry out jihad in Europe. In utmost secrecy, David Thomson gathered their testimonies and recounts them in this remarkable and revealing book. With ISIS losing ground on all fronts, the steady flow of jihadists returning to Europe represents one of the greatest challenges facing countries across the continent. This nuanced analysis of the social, religious, political, familial and psychological factors that push people to violent extremism is more necessary now than ever. It will be essential reading for all those seeking to understand how we might address this threat.

Terrorism and Literature (Hardcover): Peter C. Herman Terrorism and Literature (Hardcover)
Peter C. Herman
R1,934 Discovery Miles 19 340 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Terrorism has long been a major shaping force in the world. However, the meanings of terrorism, as a word and as a set of actions, are intensely contested. This volume explores how literature has dealt with terrorism from the Renaissance to today, inviting the reader to make connections between older instances of terrorism and contemporary ones, and to see how the various literary treatments of terrorism draw on each other. The essays demonstrate that the debates around terrorism only give the fictive imagination more room, and that fiction has a great deal to offer in terms of both understanding terrorism and our responses to it. Written by historians and literary critics, the essays provide essential knowledge to understand terrorism in its full complexity. As befitting a global problem, this book brings together a truly international group of scholars, with representatives from America, Scotland, Canada, New Zealand, Italy, Israel, and other countries.

Rising Terror Groups in the Middle East & North Africa (Hardcover): Alexandria Stafford Rising Terror Groups in the Middle East & North Africa (Hardcover)
Alexandria Stafford
R3,413 Discovery Miles 34 130 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

After more than a decade of combating Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the United States now faces an increasingly diverse threat from Al Qaeda affiliates in the Middle East and Africa and from emerging groups that have adopted aspects of Al Qaeda's ideology but operate relatively or completely autonomously from the group's senior leadership. U.S. counterterrorism debates have focused on "formal" Al Qaeda affiliates, and policymakers increasingly are considering options for addressing the range of threats posed by the wider spectrum of groups inspired byor similar in goals and aspirations toAl Qaeda. This book examines Al Qaeda-affiliated groups in the Middle East and Africa, as well as the "Islamic State", and Nigeria's Boko Haram.

Incitement - Anwar al-Awlaki's Western Jihad (Hardcover): Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens Incitement - Anwar al-Awlaki's Western Jihad (Hardcover)
Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens
R806 R764 Discovery Miles 7 640 Save R42 (5%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The definitive account of the career and legacy of the most influential Western exponent of violent jihad. Anwar al-Awlaki was, according to one of his followers, "the main man who translated jihad into English." By the time he was killed by an American drone strike in 2011, he had become a spiritual leader for thousands of extremists, especially in the United States and Britain, where he aimed to make violent Islamism "as American as apple pie and as British as afternoon tea." Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens draws on extensive research among al-Awlaki's former colleagues, friends, and followers, including interviews with convicted terrorists, to explain how he established his network and why his message resonated with disaffected Muslims in the West. A native of New Mexico, al-Awlaki rose to prominence in 2001 as the imam of a Virginia mosque attended by three of the 9/11 hijackers. After leaving for Britain in 2002, he began delivering popular lectures and sermons that were increasingly radical and anti-Western. In 2004 he moved to Yemen, where he eventually joined al-Qaeda and oversaw numerous major international terrorist plots. Through live video broadcasts to Western mosques and universities, YouTube, magazines, and other media, he soon became the world's foremost English-speaking recruiter for violent Islamism. One measure of his success is that he has been linked to about a quarter of Islamists convicted of terrorism-related offenses in the United States since 2007. Despite the extreme nature of these activities, Meleagrou-Hitchens argues that al-Awlaki's strategy and tactics are best understood through traditional social-movement theory. With clarity and verve, he shows how violent fundamentalists are born.

Terrorism and Counterterrorism - A Comprehensive Introduction to Actors and Actions (Paperback): Henry Prunckun, Troy Whitford Terrorism and Counterterrorism - A Comprehensive Introduction to Actors and Actions (Paperback)
Henry Prunckun, Troy Whitford
R741 R650 Discovery Miles 6 500 Save R91 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

What is terrorism? How do terrorists operate-what are their means, targets, and motivations? How can governments prevent terrorist attacks from happening? The authors address these questions in their systematic, comprehensive exploration of terrorism and counterterrorism. Notably, this authoritative text: Explains complex issues in an objective, accessible way Traces the phenomenon of terrorism through history Examines law enforcement, as well as intelligence and military operations Features case studies from around the world Includes learning aids for students Designed to appeal to both students and instructors, the text enables readers to deepen their understanding of terrorism today and learn what is being done to combat it.

The 9/11 Dogs - The Heroes Who Searched for Survivors at Ground Zero (Paperback): Isabel George The 9/11 Dogs - The Heroes Who Searched for Survivors at Ground Zero (Paperback)
Isabel George
R137 R104 Discovery Miles 1 040 Save R33 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Meet the dogs who searched for life amongst the ruins of the Twin Towers. Many heroes were made on 9/11 and in the weeks that followed. Not all of them showed human courage. Some of them could only show that they were truly man's best friend. German Shepherds, Labradors and Spaniels accounted for the majority of the four-legged heroes. Over three hundred search and rescue dogs worked the pile at Ground Zero and the crash site at the Pentagon. For hours they searched, fighting off exhaustion with sheer determination and they continued every day long after the hope of finding survivors had passed. There were faithful Guide dogs who helped their sightless owners out of the Twin Towers and led them to safety showed unstinting devotion in the face of adversity. And later, therapy dogs arrived to bring comfort to the bereaved and confused. At every stage of the operation, dogs were there helping humankind in various roles. And invaluably, they provided comfort and reassurance and lifted spirits by their pure presence. Sadly many of the dogs are no longer with us but their achievements will never be forgotten. Isabel George was fortunate that the people close to the dogs were pleased to be asked to share their stories. This book is to honour the dogs and their people.

Beyond the Great Divide - How A Nation Became A Neighborhood (Hardcover): Governor George Pataki Beyond the Great Divide - How A Nation Became A Neighborhood (Hardcover)
Governor George Pataki; As told to Trey Radel
R651 R515 Discovery Miles 5 150 Save R136 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

An unprecedented and shocking inside view into 9/11, examining the ways in which the attacks continue to shape our future-politically and culturally. "On that terrible day, a nation became a neighborhood. All Americans became New Yorkers." Following the attacks of September 11th, New York Governor George Pataki spoke words that touched American hearts, regardless of their generational, ethnic, or cultural background. Those words echo today with a hollow ring, even a bitter sting. The economic and emotional fallout post-9/11 was devastating. The political toll was even worse, bringing us to where we are today, a society as divided as the Civil War separated by political tribes that demand ideological purity coupled with blind loyalty. Along with President George W. Bush and Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Pataki was only one of three people directly involved in, commanding, and making life or death decisions during 9/11. In looking at America and its divide, Pataki asks a bold question: Did the terrorists win? This is a question no sitting politician or pundit from either side of the political spectrum will dare address. Few have the experience or depth to even begin to dive into this subject; as a result, Pataki's answers might disturb you. Drawing on Pataki's memories, notes, crises, and critical events, the book gives an unprecedented, shocking, heart-pounding inside view into what happened before, during, and after 9/11. The Governor reflects on where our country is today politically and culturally, as well as how we can rebuild and return to a more civil time when we were all Americans. Now, almost twenty years since the deadliest terror attack on American soil, the Governor addresses and asks: In a fleeting point of history, we had a moment that unified us. We were a neighborhood. Can we, as a nation, recapture that?

The Accidental Spy (Paperback): Sean O'Driscoll The Accidental Spy (Paperback)
Sean O'Driscoll 1
R407 R346 Discovery Miles 3 460 Save R61 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The gripping real story of the ordinary American man who found himself at the centre of a deadly terrorist organisation - and working for both MI5 and the FBI. A bored trucker from New York took a holiday to Ireland with his new girlfriend and brought down the IRA. Just a quick Google search reveals the level of interest across Britain, Ireland and the US into exactly how this ordinary blue-collar worker found himself at the centre of an espionage ring. David Rupert, a complete outsider with no connection to Ireland, rose to the very top of the Real IRA, all while working for the FBI and British intelligence. But the story is really about just how a bored, frustrated New York trucking manager becomes one of Britain's most valued spies, brings down the entire IRA structure and makes $10 million dollars in the process. Along the way he finds himself in the most extraordinary and terrifying situations - he is involved in major terrorist operations, sets up an Iraqi sting operation and organises US arms shipments with a man being trained to kill the then British prime minister, Tony Blair.

Information Wars - How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation and What We Can Do about It (Hardcover): Richard Stengel Information Wars - How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation and What We Can Do about It (Hardcover)
Richard Stengel
R668 R532 Discovery Miles 5 320 Save R136 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Disinformation is as old as humanity. When Satan told Eve nothing would happen if she bit the apple, that was disinformation. But the rise of social media has made disinformation even more pervasive and pernicious in our current era. In a disturbing turn of events, governments are increasingly using disinformation to create their own false narratives, and democracies are proving not to be very good at fighting it. During the final three years of the Obama administration, Richard Stengel, the former editor of Time and an Under Secretary of State, was on the front lines of this new global information war. At the time, he was the single person in government tasked with unpacking, disproving, and combating both ISIS's messaging and Russian disinformation. Then, in 2016, as the presidential election unfolded, Stengel watched as Donald Trump used disinformation himself, weaponizing the grievances of Americans who felt left out by modernism. In fact, Stengel quickly came to see how all three players had used the same playbook: ISIS sought to make Islam great again; Putin tried to make Russia great again; and we all know about Trump. In a narrative that is by turns dramatic and eye-opening, Information Wars walks readers through of this often frustrating battle. Stengel moves through Russia and Ukraine, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, and introduces characters from Putin to Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and Mohamed bin Salman to show how disinformation is impacting our global society. He illustrates how ISIS terrorized the world using social media, and how the Russians launched a tsunami of disinformation around the annexation of Crimea - a scheme that became the model for their interference with the 2016 presidential election. An urgent book for our times, Information Wars stresses that we must find a way to combat this ever growing threat to democracy.

U.S. Counterterrorism Programs in East & Northwest Africa (Hardcover): Keith Jones U.S. Counterterrorism Programs in East & Northwest Africa (Hardcover)
Keith Jones
R3,412 Discovery Miles 34 120 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Terrorism in East Africa has remained a concern of the United States since 1998, when al Qaeda bombed U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. As part of its efforts to address this threat, State launched PREACT in 2009 as a program for long-term engagement and capacity building in East Africa. PREACT -- which focuses on countering terrorist threats, including al Shabaab, an al Qaeda affiliate based in Somalias -- managed by State's Bureau of African Affairs and provides assistance in a region composed of 12 partner countries. This book examines PREACT, including the role it plays in U.S. counterterrorism assistance to East Africa; the extent to which funds allocated for PREACT since 2009 have been disbursed; and the extent to which State considers key factors in managing PREACT.

In Their Own Words - Understanding Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (Hardcover): C.Christine Fair In Their Own Words - Understanding Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (Hardcover)
C.Christine Fair
R1,096 R940 Discovery Miles 9 400 Save R156 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This path-breaking volume reveals a little-known aspect of how Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, a jihadist terrorist group, functions in Pakistan and beyond by translating and commenting upon a range of publications produced and disseminated by Dar-ul-Andlus, the publishing wing of LeT. Only a fraction of LeT's cadres ever see battle: most of them are despatched on nation-wide 'proselytising' (dawa) missions to convert Pakistanis to their particular interpretation of Islam, in support of which LeT has developed a sophisticated propagandist literature. This canon of Islamist texts is the most popular and potent weapon in LeT's arsenal, and its scrutiny affords insights into how and who the group recruits; LeT's justification for jihad; its vision of itself in global and regional politics; the enemies LeT identifies and the allies it cultivates; and how and where it conducts its operations. Particular attention is paid to the role that LeT assigns to women by examining those writings which heap extravagant praise upon the mothers of aspirant jihadis, who bless their operations and martyrdom.It is only by understanding LeT's domestic functions as set out in these texts that one can begin to appreciate why Pakistan so fiercely supports it, despite mounting international pressure to disband the group.

The Smile of the Human Bomb - New Perspectives on Suicide Terrorism (Hardcover): Gideon Aran The Smile of the Human Bomb - New Perspectives on Suicide Terrorism (Hardcover)
Gideon Aran; Translated by Jeffrey Green
R825 R669 Discovery Miles 6 690 Save R156 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In 2017, nearly six thousand people were killed in suicide attacks across the world. In The Smile of the Human Bomb, Gideon Aran dissects the moral logic of the suicide terrorism that led to those deaths. The book is a firsthand examination of the bomb site at the moment of the explosion, during the first few minutes after the explosion, and in the last moments before the explosion. Aran uncovers the suicide bomber's final preparations before embarking on the suicide mission: the border crossing, the journey toward the designated target, penetration into the site, and the behavior of both sides within it. The book sheds light on the truth of the human bomb. Aran's gritty and often disturbing account is built on a foundation of participant observation with squads of pious Jewish volunteers who gather the scorched fragments of the dead after terrorist attacks; newly revealed documents, including interrogation protocols; interviews with Palestinian armed resistance members and retired Israeli counterterrorism agents; observations of failed suicide terrorists in jail; and conversations with the acquaintances of human bombs. The Smile of the Human Bomb provides new insights on the Middle East conflict, political violence, radicalism, victimhood, ritual, and death and unveils a suicide terrorism scene far different from what is conventionally pictured. In the end, Aran discovers, the suicide terrorist is an unremarkable figure, and the circumstances of his or her recruitment and operation are prosaic and often accidental. The smiling human bomb is neither larger than life nor a monster, but an actor on a human scale. And suicide terrorism is a drama in which cliches and chance events play their role.

After Bin Laden (Paperback): Abdel-Bari Atwan After Bin Laden (Paperback)
Abdel-Bari Atwan 1
R425 R340 Discovery Miles 3 400 Save R85 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Osama bin Laden is dead but al-Qa'ida remains the CIA's 'number one threat'. With branches in strategic hotspots from Yemen and Somalia to North Africa and an increasing influence among 'home grown jihadis' in the West, journalist and al-Qa'ida expert Abdel Bari Atwan investigates how the organisation has survived all attempts to destroy it. Al-Qa'ida after bin Laden has expanded its reach by cementing new alliances and exploiting the opportunities regional turmoil affords. The Arab Spring has opened new battlegrounds for jihadists, particularly in Libya, the Sahel, Syria and Egypt. As the extremist zeal for a global caliphate shows no sign of abating, Atwan profiles the next generation of foot soldiers and leaders and explores the new methods they embrace in the pursuit of jihad in a digital age.

Intelligence for an Age of Terror (Paperback): Gregory F. Treverton Intelligence for an Age of Terror (Paperback)
Gregory F. Treverton
R697 R549 Discovery Miles 5 490 Save R148 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

During the Cold War, U.S. intelligence was concerned primarily with states; non-state actors like terrorists were secondary. Now the priorities are reversed and the challenge is enormous. States had an address, and they were hierarchical and bureaucratic. They thus came with some 'story'. Terrorists do not. States were 'over there', but terrorists are there and here. They thus put pressure on intelligence at home, not just abroad. The strength of this book is that it underscores the extent of the change and ranges broadly across data collection and analysis, foreign and domestic, as well as presenting the issues of value that arise as new targets require collecting more information at home.

Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism in China - Domestic and Foreign Policy Dimensions (Hardcover): Michael Clarke Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism in China - Domestic and Foreign Policy Dimensions (Hardcover)
Michael Clarke
R962 R831 Discovery Miles 8 310 Save R131 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

China's problem with terrorism has historically been considered an outgrowth of Beijing's efforts to integrate the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region into the People's Republic of China. Since the end of the Cold War, however, this internal dynamic has converged with an evolving external environment, stimulating the development of linkages between Uyghur separatism and terrorism and broader terrorist movements in Central Asia, South Asia and the Middle East. This book brings together some of the leading experts on Chinese terrorism, offering the first systematic, scholarly assessment of the country's approaches to this threat. Four areas of investigation are looked at: the scope and nature of terrorism in China and its connection with developments in other regions; the development of legislative measures to combat terrorism; the institutional evolution of China's counter-terrorism bureaucracy; and Beijing's counter-terrorism cooperation with international partners.

Uncovering a Terrorist - Agent Ryan Dwyer and the Case of the Portland Bomb Plot (Paperback): Bryan Denson Uncovering a Terrorist - Agent Ryan Dwyer and the Case of the Portland Bomb Plot (Paperback)
Bryan Denson
R181 R152 Discovery Miles 1 520 Save R29 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Burying Jihadis - Bodies Between State, Territory, and Identity (Hardcover): Riva Kastoryano Burying Jihadis - Bodies Between State, Territory, and Identity (Hardcover)
Riva Kastoryano; Translated by Cynthia Schoch
R830 R724 Discovery Miles 7 240 Save R106 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

What should states do with the bodies of suicide bombers and other jihadists who die while perpetrating terrorist attacks? This original and unsettling book explores the host of ethical and political questions raised by this dilemma, from (non-) legitimisation of the 'enemy' and their cause to the non-territorial identity of individuals who identified in life with a global community of believers. Because states do not recognise suicide bombers as enemy combatants, governments must decide individually what to do with their remains. Riva Kastoryano offers a window onto this challenging predicament through the responses of the American, Spanish, British and French governments after the Al-Qaeda suicide attacks in New York, Madrid and London, and Islamic State's attacks on Paris in 2015. Interviewing officials, religious and local leaders and jihadists' families, both in their countries of origin and in the target nations, she has traced the terrorists' travel history, discovering unexpected connections between their itineraries and the handling of their burials. This fascinating book reveals how states' approaches to a seemingly practical issue are closely shaped by territory, culture, globalisation and identity.

The European Union - Facing the Challenge of Multiple Security Threats (Hardcover): Antonina Bakardjieva Engelbrekt, Anna... The European Union - Facing the Challenge of Multiple Security Threats (Hardcover)
Antonina Bakardjieva Engelbrekt, Anna Michalski, Niklas Nilsson, Lars Oxelheim
R2,653 Discovery Miles 26 530 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Security in the European Union (EU) is an increasingly complex problem, with the spectre of disintegration looming over the Eurozone, and the threat of terrorism, insecurity and the long-term sustainability of food supply and fresh water reaching levels of crisis. This interdisciplinary book provides a unique insight into the multiple security threats that the EU is facing, and gives readers invaluable information about the challenges these pose to the Union. With contributions from scholars of economics, law and political science, The European Union: Facing the Challenge of Multiple Security Threats provides a comprehensive analysis of contemporary security problems for the EU. Focusing on the latter end of the 2010s, this book examines in great detail the impact that developments in the rest of the world have had on the Union's vulnerable state. Among the key contemporary issues examined are the migration crisis exacerbated by the conflicts in Syria and Libya, the increasingly strained relationship between the EU and Russia as well as the changing circumstances in the EU-US relationship brought on by Donald Trump's presidency. Tapping into the internal and external causes and impacts of security problems in the EU, this book offers important policy ideas for the future of the Union. It constitutes a vital read for policy makers and advisors in the EU, as well as for scholars of European political science, economics, and law.

Leading at the Speed of Light - New Strategies for U.S. Security in the Information Age (Paperback): Daniel M Gerstein Leading at the Speed of Light - New Strategies for U.S. Security in the Information Age (Paperback)
Daniel M Gerstein
R462 R374 Discovery Miles 3 740 Save R88 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

As the world moves into the Information Age, globalization continues to alter the customary relationships among peoples, societies, and nations that evolved during the Industrial Age. Author Daniel Gerstein, however, maintains the United States still follows an Industrial Age framework for national security. Despite such recent changes as creating the Department of Homeland Security and the post of a director for national intelligence, the current U.S. national security strategy remains based on the National Security Act of 1947. To advance the U.S. response to the particular demands of the Information Age, Gerstein proposes nothing short of overhauling our nation's security strategy and, more important, complementary changes to the U.S. approach to strategic leadership. Beginning with the foundations of leadership, Gerstein addresses four key abilities that the twenty-first-century leader must master for the Information Age: (1) to develop and communicate a vision, (2) to incorporate new tools for analysis and for enhancing the leader's judgment or reasoning skills, (3) to gain greater perspective in developing national strategies, and (4) to promote the three I's-imagination, innovation, and initiative. While theories and accepted methods of leadership remain relevant, they must be augmented with new and improved concepts. The fundamental premise of "Leading at the Speed of Light" is that leadership skills will require changes and enhancements to ensure that leaders are capable of performing in a data- and information-rich environment that is often uncertain and challenging.

Leading at the Speed of Light - New Strategies for U.S. Security in the Information Age (Hardcover): Daniel M Gerstein Leading at the Speed of Light - New Strategies for U.S. Security in the Information Age (Hardcover)
Daniel M Gerstein
R912 R703 Discovery Miles 7 030 Save R209 (23%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

As the world moves into the Information Age, globalization continues to alter the customary relationships among peoples, societies, and nations that evolved during the Industrial Age. Author Daniel Gerstein, however, maintains the United States still follows an Industrial Age framework for national security. Despite such recent changes as creating the Department of Homeland Security and the post of a director for national intelligence, the current U.S. national security strategy remains based on the National Security Act of 1947. To advance the U.S. response to the particular demands of the Information Age, Gerstein proposes nothing short of overhauling our nation's security strategy and, more important, complementary changes to the U.S. approach to strategic leadership. Beginning with the foundations of leadership, Gerstein addresses four key abilities that the twenty-first-century leader must master for the Information Age: (1) to develop and communicate a vision, (2) to incorporate new tools for analysis and for enhancing the leader's judgment or reasoning skills, (3) to gain greater perspective in developing national strategies, and (4) to promote the three I's-imagination, innovation, and initiative. While theories and accepted methods of leadership remain relevant, they must be augmented with new and improved concepts. The fundamental premise of "Leading at the Speed of Light" is that leadership skills will require changes and enhancements to ensure that leaders are capable of performing in a data- and information-rich environment that is often uncertain and challenging.

The Taliban Reader - War, Islam and Politics (Paperback): Alex Strick Van Linschoten, Felix Kuehn The Taliban Reader - War, Islam and Politics (Paperback)
Alex Strick Van Linschoten, Felix Kuehn
R724 R643 Discovery Miles 6 430 Save R81 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Who are the Taliban? Are they a militant movement? Are they religious scholars? The fact that these and other questions are still raised with frequency is testimony to the way the movement has been studied, often at arm's length and with scant use of primary sources. The Taliban Reader forges a new path, bringing together an extensive range of largely unseen sources in a guide to the Afghan Islamist movement from a unique insider perspective. Ideal for students, journalists and scholars alike, this book is the result of an unprecedented, decade-long effort to encourage the emergence of participant-centred accounts of Afghan history. This ground-breaking collection, ranging from news articles and opinion pieces to online publications and poems transcribed by hand in the field, sets the stage for a recalibration of how we understand and study the Afghan Taliban. It challenges researchers to forge new norms in the documentation of conflict and provides insight into the future trajectory of political Islamism in South Asia and the Middle East.

Islamist Terrorism in Europe (Paperback): Petter Nesser Islamist Terrorism in Europe (Paperback)
Petter Nesser
R381 R357 Discovery Miles 3 570 Save R24 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Europe is still facing an increase in terrorist plotting. This has led to growing security concerns over the fallout of the Syrian conflict, and the sizeable contingents of battle-hardened European foreign fighters, who are seeking to return home. This book provides a comprehensive account of the rise of jihadist militancy in Europe and offers a detailed background for understanding the current and future threat. Based on a wide range of new primary sources, it traces the phenomenon back to the late 1980s, and the formation of jihadist support networks in Europe in the early 1990s. Combining analytical rigour with empirical richness, Petter Nesser offers a comprehensive account of patterns of terrorist cell formation and plots between 1995 and 2017. In contrast to existing research which has emphasised social explanations, failed immigration and homegrown radicalism, this book highlights the transnational aspects. It shows how jihadi terrorism in Europe is intrinsically linked to and reflects the ideological agendas of armed organisations in conflict zones, and how entrepreneurial jihad-veterans facilitate such trans-nationalisation of militancy. .

The Boko Haram Reader - From Nigerian Preachers to the Islamic State (Paperback): Abdulbasit Kassim, Michael Nwankpa The Boko Haram Reader - From Nigerian Preachers to the Islamic State (Paperback)
Abdulbasit Kassim, Michael Nwankpa
R723 R642 Discovery Miles 6 420 Save R81 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Since it erupted onto the world stage in 2009, people have asked, what is Boko Haram, and what does it stand for? Is there a coherent vision or set of beliefs behind it? Despite the growing literature about the group, few if any attempts have been made to answer these questions, even though Boko Haram is but the latest in a long line of millenarian Muslim reform groups to emerge in Northern Nigeria over the last two centuries. The Boko Haram Reader offers an unprecedented collection of essential texts, documents, videos, audio, and nashids (martial hymns), translated into English from Hausa, Arabic and Kanuri, tracing the group's origins, history, and evolution. Its editors, two Nigerian scholars, reveal how Boko Haram's leaders manipulate Islamic theology for the legitimisation, radicalisation, indoctrination and dissemination of their ideas across West Africa. Mandatory reading for anyone wishing to grasp the underpinnings of Boko Haram's insurgency, particularly how the group strives to delegitimise its rivals and establish its beliefs as a dominant strand of Islamic thought in West Africa's religious marketplace.

Evil, Terrorism and Psychiatry (Paperback): Donatella Marazziti, Stephen M. Stahl Evil, Terrorism and Psychiatry (Paperback)
Donatella Marazziti, Stephen M. Stahl
R675 R526 Discovery Miles 5 260 Save R149 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Terrorism has dominated the domestic and international landscape since 9/11. Determining what drives people to commit acts of terrorism is no easy task. The important new book fills a gap in the psychology and psychiatry literature by examining the relationship between evil and mental illness, and in particular amongst terrorists. How can evil, a characteristic of human nature, become extreme, intent on destruction and lead to acts of terrorism? Featuring contributions from leading experts in this field, Evil, Terrorism and Psychiatry explores whether there are specific personality traits, psychological characteristics or psychopathological conditions that may favour a lack of control of violence in terrorists. It also offers possible novel prevention strategies to help understand and prevent these acts in future. Featuring articles from a special issue of CNS Spectrums, this book also includes brand new chapters found exclusively in this book.

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