Title Teaching Terror
Subtitle Strategic and Tactical Learning in the Terrorist World
Author James JF Forest
ISBN 9788130931517
List price Rs. 1495.00
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Binding Hardbound
No of pages 324
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2015
Original publisher Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.
Published in India by Viva Books Private Limited
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“Terrorists are not born, they are taught and self-taught. In James Forest’s volume, a fine group of contributors examines the most important characteristics and venues of terrorist learning and knowledge. I very highly recommend this first-rare contribution to the literature of terrorism as a must-read inside and outside the academic world.”
-Brigitte Nacos, Columbia University


In the world of terrorism, knowledge is a critical asset. Recent studies have revealed that, among international terrorists, there is a global sharing of ideas, tactics, strategies, and lessons learned. Teaching Terror examines this sharing of information in the terrorist world, shaping our understanding of, and response to, the global threat of terrorism. Chapters cover various aspects of individual and organizational learning, some using a general level of analysis and others presenting case studies of individual terrorist groups. These groups teach each other through a variety of means, including training camps and the Internet. Terrorist networks are also learning organizations, drawing on situational awareness, adapting their behavior, and, to give one example, improving not just their use of improvised explosive devices, but also rendering technology such as unmanned aerial vehicles and satellite phones ineffective. This book provides a wealth of insights on the transfer of knowledge in the world of terrorism, and offers policy implications for counterterrorism professionals, scholars, and policymakers.


Introduction -
James Forest

Part 1 Understanding knowledge transfer in the terrorist world

How Terrorists Learn - Michael Kenney • Organizational Learning and Terrorist Groups - Horacio R. Trujillo and Brian A. Jackson • Training Camps and Other Centers of Learning - James Forest • Virtual Training Camps: Terrorist Use of the Internet - Gabriel Weimann • The Media as a Showcase for Terrorism - Cindy C. Combs • The Technical Challenges of Nuclear and Radiological Terrorism - Anette Schaper

Part 2 Case Studies

Al Qaeda’s Lose and Learn Doctrine: The Trajectory from Oplan Bojinka to 9/11 - Rohan Gunaratna • Learning to Survive: The Case of the Islamic Resistence Movement (Hamas) - Kim Cragin • Renew to Last: Innovation and Strategy of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) - Román D. Ortiz • The Making of the Jemaah Islamiyah Terrorist - Kumar Ramakrishna

Conclusion - James Forest
Biblography • Index • About the contributors

About the Editor:

James JF Forest
is the director of terrorism studies at the U.S. Military Academy, where he teaches courses in the Department of Social Sciences and directs several projects for the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC).

Target Audience:

Students & Academics of Terrorism studies, Counterterrorism professionals, scholars and policymakers.
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