Author(s): Michael Chandler
Long before the devastating events of 11th September 2001 many countries had developed ways to deal with terrorists, but for the most part these groups were regarded as only domestic threats. The actions of the 'Atta Group' on 9/11, however, not only destroyed the World Trade Centre but also blew away forever these attitudes of complacency. The horror and enormity of the attacks on such iconic targets prompted an unprecedented response from across the globe. But, the authors of this book argue, despite the international community being presented with a prime opportunity to cooperate and collaborate against trans-national terrorism, the opportunity was missed, and what should have been a watershed became a trickle in the sand. "Countering Terrorism: Confronting Global Violence" examines the causes of this lost opportunity, and shows how long-term visionary policies have been held hostage to short-term political expediency. In describing what has gone wrong, the authors provide a way forward, arguing that policy-makers and practitioners must recognise the current threats to international peace and security, and take the difficult, but necessary decisions in order to deal with them.