When Terrorism and Counterterrorism Clash: The War on Terror and the Transformation of Terrorist Activity

by Ivan Sascha Sheehan


"In the almost surreal post-9/11 world, where ideology and emotion have been successfully trumping science and real 'facts on the ground,' Dr. Sheehan's book represents a proverbial breath of fresh air in an otherwise politically polarized and 'closed' setting where critical thought, not to mention 'truth,' have been among the first casualties.

Dr. Sheehan's carefully crafted and empirically researched study demonstrates compellingly that, despite all the claims made to the contrary, President Bush's policies toward the 'Global War on Terror' (GWOT), including the invasion and occupation of Iraq, have actually increased the forces making for global terrorism and, paradoxically, made the world less safe.

The book should, therefore, be required reading for all those who wish to design and implement effective policies to prevent and otherwise deal with the forces making for global terrorism, including policymakers and their staffs, journalists and pundits, researchers, and politicians of all stripes." – Dennis Sandole, Professor of Conflict Resolution and International Relations, George Mason University

"This is the most compelling, provocative, and sophisticated empirical study I've seen of the Global War on Terrorism. It is essential reading for policymakers and scholars and couldn't come at a more critical time." -John N. Paden, Ph.D., Clarence Robinson Professor of International Studies and Professor of Public and International Affairs, George Mason University

“This is exactly what we need to make informed policy decisions.” – Alireza Jafarzadeh, Author of The Iran Threat: President Ahmadinejad and the Coming Nuclear Crisis and FOX News Channel Foreign Affairs Analyst

“A penetrating analysis with a compelling conclusion!” – Daniel Druckman, Professor of Public and International Affairs, George Mason University and Visiting Scholar, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

"This work is important because it offers both scholars and practitioners a tool to assess counterterrorism theory and practice. Recommended." - CHOICE


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