Paper $26.00 ISBN: 9780745331676 Published June 2011 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $90.00 ISBN: 9780745331683 Published June 2011 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Understanding Al Qaeda: Changing War and Global Politics

Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou

Understanding Al Qaeda: Changing War and Global Politics

Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou

Distributed for Pluto Press

192 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457
Paper $26.00 ISBN: 9780745331676 Published June 2011 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $90.00 ISBN: 9780745331683 Published June 2011 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

This book controversially argues that Al Qaeda has clear aims, and that the only way to defeat it is to engage with its arguments in a serious way.

Since the publication of the first edition in 2006, Mohamedou has brought the text right up-to-date. Starting with Al Qaeda's creation almost twenty years ago, and sketching its global mutation, Mohamedou explains that there is a cogent strategy to Al Qaeda's actions. He shows that the 'war on terror' is failing, only serving to recruit more terrorists to Al Qaeda's cause. He also puts forward a case for how the international community can best respond.

Arguing that it is dangerous to dismiss Al Qaeda as illogical and irrational, this incisive and original book is important for policy-makers and ideal for undergraduates in international relations, Middle East studies and peace/conflict studies.

Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1 Casus Belli
2 Changed Context
3 Purpose and Pattern
4 Fallacies and Primacies
5 Depth of Engagement
Appendices
Chronology
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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