The Threat From Within examines what drives Al Qaeda-inspired radicalization to violence, how to detect it, and how to confront it. The chapters discuss behaviors and ideologies that are observable and tangible in radicalized individuals or those on the path to violent radicalization. These behaviors are drawn from a variety of cases, such as planning acts of terrorism, traveling to join terrorist groups, or participating in violent jihadi conflict outside the country. The main case study is Canada, and each chapter features many examples that range from Ted Kaczynski (the “Unabomber”) and Anders Brevik in Norway to Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Damian Clairmont, a Canadian citizen who died fighting in Syria. The text begins by introducing general concepts, such as terrorism, extremism, and radicalization, before presenting contributing factors to those embracing political violence. A comprehensive list of behavioral indicators that someone is becoming a violent extremist is provided, followed by a look at what is being done to confront this threat as well as what could be done.
A number of recent terrorist attacks were committed by young men and women who had radicalized, went to train with IS in the Middle East, then returned to their home country to commit acts of violence. In this text, Phil Gurski examines why some people decide to abandon their homeland to join terrorist groups, and whether they pose a significant threat to their societies if they survive and return. The focus is on Canadians and other Westerners who see violent Jihad as divine obligation, with the intention to challenge the view that foreign fighters are all brainwashed. The book first looks at state motivation for resorting to conflict and the nature of war, including Jihad. It then discusse...
This book will discuss what we have collectively done well, what we have done poorly, what we have yet to try and how we get to the point where terrorism does not dominate public discourse and cause disproportionate fear around the world.
The Lesser Jihads examines conflict through the lens of Islamist terrorist groups. Bringing together in one volume different conflicts where terrorist groups are active worldwide, this text introduces the world and thinking of Jihadists while highlighting a number of seldom reported cases.
This volume honors the work of Arie W. Kruglanski. It represents a collection of chapters written by Arie’s former students, friends, and collaborators. The chapters are rather diverse and cover a variety of topics from politics, including international terrorism, to health related issues, such as addiction and self-control, to basic psychological principles, such as motivation and self-regulation, the formation of attitudes, social influence, and interpersonal relationships. What these chapters have in common is that they have all been inspired by Arie’s revolutionary work on human motivation and represent the authors’ attempt to apply the basic principles of motivation to the understanding of diverse phenomena.
A best-of selection from the popular Globe and Mail weekly contest of wit and word play From “Clan of the Care Bears” to “Poutine on the Ritz,” this extremely funny book delivers the very best entries from the illustrious ten-year history of the Globe Challenge. Every week the Challenge pitches the ball to an unknown quantity of batters, and every week they return it with an unpredictable force and spin. Asked for Canadianized movie titles and they supply “The Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.” Asked for lines that would abruptly end a book, and they offer “Aye, Captain Ahab, we saw the great white whale, and we killed it.” Advertising endorsements from dead celebrities? Try “Charles Darwin, for Turtles chocolates: Your natural selection.” Funny, brainy, surreal, or just plain silly, these puns, poems, and alternative takes on reality are always ingenious, often inspired. With cartoons and amusing introductions to each section by the multi-talented author.
Scarcely a day goes by without news of yet another terrorist attack somewhere in the world. While most of these attacks occur in Asia and Africa, Western nations have been rocked as well: think Paris, Brussels, Orlando, Nice, Berlin, and Stockholm. Some of these attacks have been executed by individuals who have returned from fighting abroad with terrorist groups like Islamic State. More incidents are probable as reports indicate that more than 3,000 such individuals have performed jihad in Iraq and Syria alone. How can we stop these attacks from taking place? Who is best placed to do so? What can we do about those who return to our lands battle hardened and perhaps intent on carrying out ma...