The Mind of the Terrorist

Author: Jerrold M. Post
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9780230608597
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In contrast to the widely held assumption that terrorists as crazed fanatics, Jerrold Post demonstrates they are psychologically "normal" and that "hatred has been bred in the bone". He reveals the powerful motivations that drive these ordinary people to such extraordinary evil by exploring the different types of terrorists, from national-separatists like the Irish Republican Army to social revolutionary terrorists like the Shining Path, as well as religious extremists like al-Qaeda and Aum Shinrikyo. In The Mind of the Terrorist, Post uses his expertise to explain how the terrorist mind works and how this information can help us to combat terrorism more effectively.

The Psychology of Terrorism

Author: John G. Horgan
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134701497
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This new edition of John Horgan's critically acclaimed book is fully revised and expanded. The book presents a critical analysis of our existing knowledge and understanding of terrorist psychology. Despite the on-going search for a terrorist pathology, the most insightful and evidence-based research to date not only illustrates the lack of any identifiable psychopathology in terrorists, but demonstrates how frighteningly 'normal' and unremarkable in psychological terms are those who engage in terrorist activity. By producing a clearer map of the processes that impinge upon the individual terrorist, a different type of terrorist psychology emerges, one which has clearer implications for efforts at countering and disrupting violent extremism in today's world. In this 2nd edition, Horgan further develops his approach to the arc of terrorism by delving deeper into his IED model of Involvement, Engagement and Disengagement – the three phases of terrorism experienced by every single terrorist. Drawing on new and exciting research from the past decade, with new details from interviews with terrorists ranging from al-Qaeda to left-wing revolutionaries, biographies and autobiographies of former terrorists, and insights from historic and contemporary terrorist attacks since 2005, Horgan presents a fully revised and expanded edition of his signature text. This new edition of The Psychology of Terrorism will be essential reading for students of terrorism and political violence, and counterterrorism studies, and recommended for forensic psychology, criminology, international security and IR in general.

Eine andere Zeit ein anderes Leben

Author: Leif GW Persson
Publisher: btb Verlag
ISBN: 3641106478
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Ein spannender Politkrimi über einen ungesühnten Mord und dunkle Machenschaften im heutigen Stockholm. Stockholm 1989, an einem Novemberabend: Ein Mann wird erstochen in einem Apartment aufgefunden. Das Opfer war ein Eigenbrötler, nicht besonders beliebt, ein kleiner Beamter in einer staatlichen Behörde. Die Ermittlungen laufen zunächst ins Leere – bis Kriminaldirektor Lars M. Johansson Hinweise findet, die in eine andere Zeit und in ein anderes Leben führen ... Ausgezeichnet mit dem Schwedischen Krimipreis.

The Moral Psychology of Terrorism

Author: Jalil Roshandel
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443851108
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Terrorism of the past ten years has been driven by the interface of psychology, morality, faith, religion, and politics. This modern terrorism reflects terrorists’ pursuit of their beliefs and the aggressive promotion of the exclusivity of their world-views at the expense of the lives of those who do not share them. In this sense, acts of terrorism are fueled by arguments of morality and views that are rooted in the psyches and beliefs of terrorists. Thus, it is critically important to examine the growing phenomenon of terrorism through not only a political lens, but a psychological one as well – where questions about the cognitive mappings of those who are considered terrorists are probed. The examination of the moral psychology of terrorism opens up new insights into the real threats that face the global community. This important volume brings out that discussion and seeks to understand what motivates people to kill both themselves and innocent bystanders. How can we better understand this tragic human path towards violence? Providing perspectives from several continents and academic disciplines, the editors and contributors of this work move the study of terrorism away from its traditional center in the academic worlds of political science and security studies and present a wide range of perspectives that focus on psychology, philosophy, and questions of morality, linguistics, history, religious studies, and ethics. Intended for the academic community and the general public alike, these rich presentations and analyses are sure to foster a healthier, more productive, and more effective conversation about terrorism, the minds of terrorists, and how to reach a place where this violent phenomenon is less prevalent.

US Counter Terrorism Strategy and al Qaeda

Author: Joshua A. Geltzer
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135197415
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This book examines the communicative aspects and implications of US counter-terrorist policies towards al-Qaeda. Recent US counter-terrorist strategy has been largely based upon projecting certain perceptions of America as an actor to those drawn to al-Qaeda, and this book investigates in what ways, and to what extent, US officials believed that the signals sent by what America did and said could influence the behaviour of the terrorist and would-be terrorist. The study then draws on a growing understanding of that audience to analyse how those drawn to al-Qaeda were and, indeed, still are likely to be influenced by the perceptions of America that Washington's policies generated. The study's central argument is that, given al-Qaeda's unconventional strategy and the particularities of the world-view characterising those drawn to the group, America's counter-terrorist signalling proved largely counter-productive to America's objective of undermining al-Qaeda's strategic narrative, instead serving in many ways to validate it. Firstly, this book seeks to reveal the significant and largely unexplored role that signalling has played in US counter-terrorist policy towards al-Qaeda. Second, it tries to capture the objectives, strategy, tactics, ideology, and other defining features of the world-view characterising those drawn to al-Qaeda. Third, it strives to combine those two lines of inquiry by applying the al-Qaeda world-view to a critical analysis of the signals sent by US policies. Finally, the book aims to offer broad policy implications that demonstrate how an informed understanding of the world-view of those drawn to al-Qaeda can be employed to revise and refine American counter-terrorist signalling. This book will be of much interest to students of US foreign policy and public diplomacy, counter-terrorism, strategy and international security. Joshua Alexander Geltzer has a PhD in War Studies from Kings College London, and is currently a juris doctoral student at Yale Law School.

Extremismus

Author: Astrid Bötticher
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 348671435X
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Diese umfassende Einführung in den politischen Extremismus geht über eine reine Schilderung der unterschiedlichen Arten des Extremismus weit hinaus. Vielmehr bieten die Autoren einen systematischen Zugang zur Thematik und untersuchen die wesentlichen Fragestellungen.

Walking Away from Terrorism

Author: Director International Center for the Study of Terrorism and Associate Professor of Psychology John Horgan, JR
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135285489
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This accessible new book looks at how and why individuals leave terrorist movements, and considers the lessons and implications that emerge from this process. Focusing on the tipping points for disengagement from groups such as Al Qaeda, the IRA and the UVF, this volume is informed by the dramatic and sometimes extraordinary accounts that the terrorists themselves offered to the author about why they left terrorism behind. The book examines three major issues: what we currently know about de-radicalisation and disengagement how discussions with terrorists about their experiences of disengagement can show how exit routes come about, and how they then fare as ‘ex-terrorists’ away from the structures that protected them what the implications of these findings are for law-enforcement officers, policy-makers and civil society on a global scale. Concluding with a series of thought-provoking yet controversial suggestions for future efforts at controlling terrorist behaviour, Walking Away From Terrorism provides an comprehensive introduction to disengagement and de-radicalisation and offers policymakers a series of considerations for the development of counter-radicalization and de-radicalisation processes. This book will be essential reading for students of terrorism and political violence, war and conflict studies, security studies and political psychology. John Horgan is Director of the International Center for the Study of Terrorism at the Pennsylvania State University. He is one of the world's leading experts on terrorist psychology, and has authored over 50 publications in this field; recent books include the The Psychology of Terrorism (Routledge 2005) and Leaving Terrorism Behind (co-edited, Routledge 2008)

Lebenslaufanalysen

Author: Herbert Jäger
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3663143694
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Terroristisches Verhalten ist statistisch gesehen unwahrscheinliches Verhalten. Da mit tritt es aber zugleich aus dem Verständnishorizont heraus, aus dem die meisten Beobachter ihr eigenes Verhalten und das anderer Menschen interpretieren. So wir ken die terroristischen Aktionen als doppeltes Ärgernis. Die Effekte sind dramatisch, und die Motive bleiben unverständlich. Ein Verhalten jenseits unserer Interpreta tionsmöglichkeiten bezeichnen wir gern als verrückt, als pathologisch, damit sind in dessen keine Diagnosen, sondern nur Verständnisgrenzen gekennzeichnet. Gerade extremes, unwahrscheinliches, einem breiten Verständniskonsens entrücktes Han deln muß außerordentlich prägnanten Ordnungsprinzipien unterliegen, wenn es sich überhaupt ereignen soll. Das von außen unverständlich Wirkende ist im Bewußtsein des Akteurs nicht nur überzeugendes, sondern auch folgerichtiges Handeln, zu dem es für ihn keine sinnvolle Alternative gibt. Terroristisches Handeln ist nur möglich, wenn wir in ihm alles vorfinden, was zu einer funktionierenden sozialen Organisation gehört: Ziele, ein geistiges Konzept, das sowohl die Selbst- als auch die Umweltdefinition enthält, Interaktionspartner, Mittel, Erfolgserwartungen und für den einzelnen eine akzeptable Rolle. Bis es zu ei ner solchen Organisation kommt, braucht es Zeit. Terrorist wird niemand über Nacht. Die Voraussetzung jeder Alternativkultur, also auch der politischen Alterna tivkultur des Terrorismus, ist die Problematisierung, die Lockerung und schließlich die negative Besetzung bisheriger Bindungen. Jede neue Organisation setzt also Ablösungsprozesse voraus. Diese Ablösungsprozesse sind zunächst nicht freiwillig, weder gesucht noch gezielt.