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Globalisation and the New Terror

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Globalisation and the New Terror

The Asia Pacific Dimension

9781845427771 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by David Martin Jones, Honorary Reader, School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland, Australia and Visiting Professor, Department of War Studies, King's College London, UK
Publication Date: 2006 ISBN: 978 1 84542 777 1 Extent: 336 pp
This rigorously analytical yet readable book examines trends in new terror – understood here to be the capacity of sub-state actors to secure religious or politically motivated objectives by violent means. The contributors argue that whilst the use of violence to achieve political ends is scarcely original, what distinguishes new terror is its potential for lethality. This, combined with its evolving capacity to draw upon the resources of globalisation, particularly the revolution in communications which has advanced global markets, has also rendered them, and the more developed core states in the international trading order, increasingly vulnerable to asymmetric threats.

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This rigorously analytical yet readable book examines trends in new terror – understood here to be the capacity of sub-state actors to secure religious or politically motivated objectives by violent means. The contributors argue that whilst the use of violence to achieve political ends is scarcely original, what distinguishes new terror is its potential for lethality. This, combined with its evolving capacity to draw upon the resources of globalisation, particularly the revolution in communications which has advanced global markets, has also rendered them, and the more developed core states in the international trading order, increasingly vulnerable to asymmetric threats.

The book’s objectives are to:

• examine the character of new terror and its ambivalent relationship to the evolving cybernetic order made possible by technology and globalisation
• identify emerging trends and threats in terrorism including cyber-terrorism, eco-terrorism, bombings and CBR material
• consider the implications of these characteristics for the Asia Pacific region.

This careful examination of the key paradox facing the modern condition, namely that the freedoms of communication themselves facilitate terror cells aimed at unravelling the prevailing order, will be of great interest to academics and researchers of contemporary politics, international relations, business, and Asian studies. The lay reader will also find the book accessible.
Critical Acclaim
‘This thought provoking and insightful study into the theoretical and policy implications of the new terrorism is particularly timely and welcome because much remains obscure in this field. The book provides valuable insight into not just the nature of terrorism, the tactics and strategies used by terrorists, and the responses available to western states, but also into asymmetric threats as a defining feature of contemporary conflict. It is also one of the few serious attempts to understand the strategies and financing of terror networks in the Asia Pacific region.’
– Alice Hills, Joint Services Command and Staff College, King’s College, London, UK
Contributors
Contributors: R. Butler, G. Cameron, P. Chalk, J. Cotton, R. Gunaratna, F. Haut, D.M. Jones, J. MacFarlane, A. Muir, K.A. O’Brien, D. Richardson, P. Schulte, M. Smith, A. Tan, G. Wardlaw, M. Weeding, C. Williams, M. Zanini
Contents
Contents: Part I: Theorising New Terror Part II: Terror Tactics and Asymmetric Strategies – New and Old Part III: Implications for the Asia Pacific Part IV: Towards a Conclusion Bibliography Index
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