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Waging Postindustrial Warfare on the Global Battlefield
by Michael T. Klare
"Much about [September 11], and the larger terror campaign of which it is a part, distinguishes it from similar episodes in the past. This is not the work of a localized insurgency against a particular ruler or authority; it is a global assault on the very structure of modern, Western society."
by Raymond A. Zilinskas
"Security experts have long awaited the combining of terrorism with biological weapons. Throughout the 1990s, many wondered daily why this fusion was not occurring because the two appeared to fit together so well. The anthrax letter terrorism that began in September made this a reality."
Preparing for a War on Terrorism
by Jessica Stern
"America's goal must be to prevent future strikes by its enemies. The United States cannot afford to allow an emotional desire for quick retribution to override its long-term national security interests. It would not be difficult to make things worse rather than better."
Terror in the Name of God
by Mark Juergensmeyer
"What is striking about the World Trade Center assault and many other recent acts of religious terrorism is that they have no obvious military goal. . . . They are a kind of perverse performance of power meant to ennoble the perpetrators' views of the world and to draw us into their notions of cosmic war."
America’s Retreat from Multilateral Engagement
by Stewart Patrick
"Since the end of the cold war, the United States has demonstrated a growing willingness to act alone and to opt out of multilateral initiatives. Whether tiring of its international obligations, preoccupied with domestic concerns, or tempted to exploit its hegemony, the country has in a number of prominent instances withdrawn from collective initiatives, demanded exemptions from global rules, shirked commitments to international organizations, or extended its domestic law extraterritorially."
People, Nature, and Ethics
by Paul Wapner
"Environmental abuse is not only about how humans treat the nonhuman world but also about how they treat each other. Whether referring to climate change, threats to biological diversity, nuclear waste, or depleted fish stocks, some people benefit from the environmental abuse, while others disproportionately suffer from the consequences."
Why Environmental Ethics Matters to International Relations
by John Barkdull
"Environmental ethics [should] not be seen as an add-on to be approached after the important issues of security and economics have been settled. Instead, we [should] recognize that all our important social choices are inherently about the 'natural' world we create."
The Paradox of Global Environmentalism
by Ramachandra Guha
"Wilderness lovers like to speak of the equal rights of all species to exist. This ethical cloaking cannot hide the truth that green missionaries are possibly more dangerous, and certainly more hypocritical, than their economic or religious counterparts."
Ideas Matter: A Political History of the Twentieth-Century Environment
by J. R. McNeill
"The grand social and ideological systems that people construct for themselves invariably carry large consequences, for the environment no less than for more strictly human affairs. Among the swirl of ideas, policies, and political structures of the twentieth century, the most ecologically influential were the growth imperative and the (not unrelated) security anxiety that together dominated policy around the world. . . . By 1970, however, something new was afoot."
Environmental Resistance to Globalization
by James H. Mittelman
Environmental resistance "can be best understood as a deep-rooted process, and may be likened to a broad tree whose branches and shoots consist of several institutions . . . that have participated, and often joined together, in rallying around environmental issues."
Globalization and Environmental Change: Asia's 1997 Financial Crisis
by Peter Dauvergne
"The environmental changes set in motion by the [1997 financial] crisis will continue for the near future. Without strong domestic and international measures to support environmental protection and conservation in the Asia-Pacific, a second crisis may well strike soon, this time ignited by an environmental collapse."
Chemical and Biological Terrorism: How Real a Threat?
by Jonathan B. Tucker
"The potential threat of chemical and biological terrorism is sufficient to warrant an ongoing investment in improved intelligence collection and civil defense as a prudent insurance policy, but not on the massive scale advocated by some publicists and federal officials."
Nuclear Terrorism Reconsidered
by Gavin Cameron
"Nuclear terrorism, as a means of causing mass casualties, remains less likely than chemical or biological terrorism. Significant technical hurdles stand in the way of practicing nuclear terrorism in any form."
Understanding the New Terrorism
by Mark Juergensmeyer
"What has prompted the new terrorism? Why have these acts often been associated with religious causes, and why are they occurring with such frequency at this moment in history?"
Counterterrorism and the Constitution
by James X. Dempsey
"Terrorism certainly threatens United States interests, and potential terrorists are undoubtedly at work today planning future attacks. But the approaches called for by the 1996 Antiterrorism Act are not the answer. They have been tried and they have failed."
Domestic Terrorism: The Enemy Within
by Dennis B. Downey
"The convergence of antigovernment patriots and neo-Nazi white supremacists is the most disturbing development in American politics. These contemporary American terrorists, sworn to the overthrow of the government and a campaign of racial elimination, have become emboldened, brandishing a rhetoric of victimization and distrust that appeals to seemingly ancient hatreds and discontents."
Accomplice or Witness? The Media’s Role in Terrorism
by Brigitte L. Nacos
"If terrorism is seen as political theater performed for audiences. . .clearly the mass media plays a crucial role. Without massive news coverage the terrorist act would resemble the proverbial tree falling in the forest."
Globally Wired: Politics in Cyberspace (Fourth in a Series): Information-Age Terrorism
by John Arquilla, David Ronfeldt and Michele Zanini
"While some terrorists will eventually have the technological skills or opportunities to engage in extremely damaging cyberterrorism, this is not the only dangerous implication of the information revolution. More seriously, this revolution is enabling new forms of organization and new doctrines that will affect the spectrum of conflict, including terrorism."