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The Global Threat of Terrorism: Perspectives from China

Author: Wang Yizhou et al

ISBN: 978-1-84464-464-3

Ebook ISBN: 978-1-84464-465-0

Hardback - 285 pages

Jan 31, 2016


£80 €100 $130



The rise of terrorism has become a major factor in the destabilization of global structures since the end of the Cold War. Large-scale, highly impactful terrorist attacks have occurred nearly every year and even every month since the 1990s. Many countries, regardless of their stability or volatility, have been hit by this new wave of terrorist tactics. The book analyses the underlying conflicts in the current international regime and argues that eliminating terrorism requires new security thoughts and strategies. The book aims to deepen the current debates on international terrorism and inspire new thoughts. It comprehensively includes leading Chinese scholars’ readings and interpretation on international terrorism.


Contents: Introduction of the Revised Version: Different perspectives of terrorism 1. International terrorism is a great challenge to every country in the age of information 2. Organisers of international terrorism are masters of logical and physiological analyses 3. International terrorists are neither cold-blooded animals nor guerrillas 4. International terrorists are cruel, secret, and clear about their political goals 5. International terrorism should include national terrorism 6. International terrorism reflects deep-seated structural contradictions in the international regime 7. International terrorism closely relevant to the new IR tendencies since the end of the Cold War 8. International terrorism requires comprehensive governance and cannot be eliminated in a short time 9. International terrorism requires new security strategies and thoughts 10. International terrorism is a severe challenge to China Chapter 1: definitions of terrorism 1. Definitions of terrorism 2. The historical originals and dynamic of terrorism 3. Characters and roots of terrorism 4. Terrorism and IR Chapter 2: types of contemporary terrorism 1. Extreme nationalism 2. Extreme religious fundamentalism 3. Evil-cult-based terrorism 4. Extreme rightist 5. Other types Chapter 3: the South-North cleavage and terrorism 1. the South-North cleavage in globalisation 2. the South-North cleavage and intern conflicts in the world’s economy 3. why international terrorism rise? 4. summary: reconstruction or extermination? Chapter 4: the relationship among great powers and terrorism 1. the relationship among great powers and terrorism: research angles and methods 2. rule of colonialism: the original of international terrorism 3. conflicts among great powers: the development of international terrorism 4. dominance of a single super power: the strengthen of international terrorism 5. the 9/11 incident: an opportunity for adjusting the relationship among great powers Chapter 5: national strategies and terrorism 1. the relationship between national strategies and the original of international terrorism 2. national strategies for eliminating terrorism Chapter 6: racial conflicts and terrorism 1. racism and terrorist actions 2. ethnic conflicts and terrorist actions 3. the historical origins and the current reasons for racial and ethnic conflicts 4. extreme nationalism and terrorism Chapter 7: the problem of religion and terrorism 1. religions and terrorist actions 2. terrorism in ethnic and religious conflicts 3. extreme religious fundamentalism and terrorism 4. evil-cult-based terrorism Chapter 8: three major wars and terrorism 1. definitions and the background 2. the war in the Middle East and terrorism 3. the war in Afghanistan and terrorism 4. the gulf war and terrorism

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