Terrorism, U.S. strategy, and Reagan policies /
Marc A. Celmer.
New York : Greenwood Press, 1987.
x, 132 p. : ill. ; 25 cm. --
0313256322 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
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New York : Greenwood Press, 1987.
0313256322 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. [121]-125.
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Appeared in Choice on 1987-12:
Celmer's brief overview of the US approach to terrorism is almost as unsuccessful in its discussion and analysis of the US antiterrorist and counterterrorist program as he maintains the US has been in combating terrorism. The first two survey chapters, which cover very familiar ground, are not very insightful, and no depth of scholarship is apparent. Chapters 3 through 6, which treat the command, control, and coordination of the antiterrorist and intelligence bureaucracy, although not analytically or scholarly impressive, are a useful review of the bureaucratic morass. The concluding two chapters, which treat the use of international law and the Reagan administration approach, are simply too brief to have much utility. Throughout, the writing is pedestrian and inelegant. Readers will be much better served by Grant Wardlaw's Political Terrorism: Theory, Tactics and Countermeasures (CH, Oct '83) on the general question and two earlier book-length analyses of US policy, Ernest Evans's Calling a Truce to Terror (CH, Apr '80), and William R. Farrell's The U.S. Response to Terrorism (CH, Jan '83).-M. Stohl, Purdue University
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An up-to-date and comprehensive outline of the United States' response to terrorism, this study deals with all aspects of U.S. antiterrorist policy from the military's role in combatting terrorism to the role of international law and organizations in dealing with terrorists. The evolution of U.S. policy and the anti-terrorism bureaucracy and command structure are carefully traced from the establishment by President Nixon of the Cabinet Committee to combat terrorism to President Reagan's signing of National Security Decision Directive 138 sanctioning the use of more aggressive counterterrorist actions, such as the U.S. raid on Libya.
Table of Contents
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Introduction: International Terrorism: Issues and Questions Contemporary International Terrorism Coordination of the United States Anti-terrorism Program Agencies and Departments Comprising Anti-terrorist Bureaucracy U.S. Military Capabilities and Counter-terrorism The Intelligence Community and Terrorism American Use of International Law in Combatting Terrorism United States Policy: Past, Present, and Future
Appendix: Heads of the State Department's Anti-terrorist Office: 1972-1987
Selected Bibliography
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