This book looks at a variety of approaches and responses to international Islamist extremism, ranging from military and security/law enforcement action to government policies, community measures and religious efforts, with a goal to determining what has worked and what has not. The examples are drawn largely from the West but the book’s scope is global.
- Written in a clear, non-academic style
- Uses recent events to explain terrorism
- Is wide-ranging and ‘ex-practitioner’ based
Chapter One: Why we Should Not See Terrorism Primarily as ‘War’
Chapter Two: Intelligence and Law Enforcement Role in Counter Terrorism
Chapter Three: Governments: Laws, Policies and Outreach Programmes
Chapter Four: Community Engagement: From Academics to Religious Leaders to Technology Companies to Citizens
Chapter Five: The Problem with Counter Narratives
Chapter Six: Does Islam Have a ‘Problem’? Does the Islamic World?
Chapter Seven: Conclusion: How Does Terrorism End?
In this small book, Phil Gurski provides a concise and incisive discussion of the big issues in the “war on terrorism”. Drawing on his long service as an analyst and a sound appreciation of scholarship, he provides a highly accessible, realistic, and informative survey of the strengths and weaknesses of the diverse responses to the threat by Western states.