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The Terrorism Lectures, 3rd ed.: A Comprehensive Collection for the Student of Terrorism, Counterterrorism, and National Security

ISBN: 9781940503165
Binding: Paperback
Author: James J. F. Forest
Pages: 458
Trim: 7.25 x 9 inches
Published: 7/2/2019

The Terrorism Lectures, 3rd Edition, is a collection of timely and engaging lessons directly from the classroom of terrorism expert James J. F. Forest. The book and accompanying online materials delve into the history of terrorism, its root causes and enablers, its many forms and organizations, as well as the frameworks that analysts use to determine the scope of terrorist threats. The Terrorism Lectures is an essential work for students, scholars, and national security practitioners.


James J.F. Forest, Ph.D., is Professor and Director of the Security Studies program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is also a Senior Fellow with the U.S. Joint Special Operations University, and a Visiting Professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He has served in all three positions simultaneously since 2010. Dr. Forest was previously the Director of Terrorism Studies at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, and he has taught courses and seminars for a broad range of civilian, law enforcement, and military audiences in several countries for nearly two decades. He has also published 20 books and dozens of journal articles, served as an expert witness for terrorism-related court cases, and testified before members of Congress.


“A truly comprehensive and wonderfully accessible terrorism course all contained in a single text.” —John G. Horgan, Distinguished Professor, Georgia State University

“James Forest has done what only great teachers can do—provide a comprehensive look at a complicated topic while distilling the key themes that animate the discipline. This guided tour through the intellectual landscape of terrorism studies provides an accessible road map for the new-comer and some open-road for the journeyman to explore. Synthesis of this kind is invaluable for teachers as well as students, and can only be arrived at by an expert in the field.” —Bill Braniff, Director, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, University of Maryland

“Blending intellectual and scholarly insights with wit and candidness, Forest has cre­ated a comprehensive yet incredibly accessible resource—one that serves as an excep­tional learning tool while also providing the reader with a conversational experience that stretches across the various dimensions and aspects of terrorism.” —Jennifer Giroux, Senior Strategy Consultant, ReD Associates

The Terrorism Lectures provides the reader with a personal tutorial delivered by one of the nation’s most articulate and gifted lecturers.” —Russell D. Howard, Brigadier General (retired) and Senior Fellow, Joint Special Operations University

“Comprehensive, logically structured, up-to-date, and highly accessible, The Terrorism Lectures is a fantastic work of synthesis, massive in both scope and insights.” —Assaf Moghadam, Director of Academic Affairs, International Institute for Counter-Terrorism, Herzliya, Israel

“This is a great, very accessible overview for students of terrorism studies!” —Annette Idler, Director of Studies, Changing Character of War Program, Oxford University