ICAR Debuts Terrorism Book Produced Jointly with Defense Agency

Posted: June 11, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

In a celebration of the work of two seemingly unlikely collaborators, the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) is holding a book launch Monday, June 14, for a new text produced with the help of the U.S. Department of Defense. The authors of Apocalyptic Terrorism: Understanding the Unfathomable will be on hand at ICAR from 4 to 6 p.m. to discuss their book.

Apocalyptic Terrorism was written by the ICAR Working Group on Terrorism in conjunction with the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). The working group is led by Dennis Sandole, ICAR professor of conflict resolution and international relations and Fulbright visiting professor of international studies at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. The group was founded shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, to discuss the issues raised by the terrorist attacks. In 2003, the group produced a book, Terrorism: Concepts, Causes, and Conflict Resolution (available on the DTRA web site), that was edited by R. Scott Moore, a doctoral student at ICAR and a military policy analyst for the Advanced Systems and Concepts Office of DTRA.

The new volume examines the nature, causes, objectives, and motivations behind apocalyptic terrorism, a specific and potentially catastrophic threat to the international community. The book’s introduction says this type of terrorism sees few bounds, both regarding targets and the means used to attack them, and thus is a threat that haunts political decision makers and has led to the expenditure of billions of dollars seeking to defend and protect populations from the ravages of terrorists. The authors—representing a wide spectrum of experience and background from professional military officer to practicing psychologist—bring varying perspectives that they hope will provide greater understanding of the nature and the causes of the rage that might lead individuals and groups to employ apocalyptic means to achieve their goals.

Copies of the book will be available at the reception, which will be held at ICAR, 4260 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Room 401. Copies will also be available on the DTRA web site at a later date.

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