ICAR Group Produces Book on Terrorism for Defense Department Agency

Posted: January 16, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

The Book, Terrorism: Concepts, Causes, and Conflict Resolution, edited by United States Marine Corps Lt. Col. (Ret.) R. Scott Moore, resulted from an unlikely partnership between an agency of the Department of Defense and the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR).

Moore, a doctoral student at ICAR and a military policy analyst for the Advanced Systems and Concepts Office of the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), suggested the partnership to an ICAR working group.

Dennis Sandole, ICAR professor of conflict resolution and international relations, had founded the Working Group on War, Violence, and Terrorism shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, to discuss the issues raised by the terrorist attacks. The group took on the project, and in less than a year, the book on terrorism, produced for and published by DTRA, was launched.

The book defines terrorism, enumerates its characteristics, spells out the causes, and puts terrorism in context. The text then moves to strategies for combating terrorism, relates these strategies to conflict resolution, and offers ways to defuse the war on terrorism.

Written by members of the working group, the chapters result from in-depth research and intense discussion. Moore was the principal editor, aided by Richard Langille and Evis Vasili. Other writers were William Cunningham Jr., Adina Friedman, Charles Hauss, Matt Hersey, and Sascha Sheehan.

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