Terror, Security, and Money

Terror, Security, and Money
  • Author : John Mueller,Mark G. Stewart
  • Publisher : OUP USA
  • Pages : 281
  • Relase : 2011-10-07
  • ISBN : 9780199795758

Terror, Security, and Money Book Review:

In seeking to evaluate the efficacy of post-9/11 homeland security expenses the common query has been, "Are we safer?" This, however, is the wrong question. The correct question is, "Are any gains in security worth the funds expended?" In this engaging, readable book, John Mueller and Mark Stewart apply risk and cost-benefit evaluation techniques to answer this very question. Cataloging the mistakes that the US has made--and continues to make--in managing homeland security programs, Terror, Security, and Money has the potential to redirect our efforts toward a more productive and far more cost-effective course.

Contemporary Debates on Terrorism

Contemporary Debates on Terrorism
  • Author : Richard Jackson,Daniela Pisoiu
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Pages : 292
  • Relase : 2018-09-03
  • ISBN : 9781317395218

Contemporary Debates on Terrorism Book Review:

Contemporary Debates on Terrorism is an innovative textbook, addressing a number of key issues in terrorism studies from both traditional and 'critical' perspectives. This second edition has been revised and updated to cover contemporary issues such as the rise of ISIL and cyberterrorism. In recent years, the terrorism studies field has grown in quantity and quality, with a growing number of scholars rooted in various professional disciplines beginning to debate the complex dynamics underlying this category of violence. Within the broader field, there are a number of identifiable controversies and questions which divide scholarly opinion and generate opposing arguments. These relate to theoretical issues, such as the definition of terrorism and state terrorism, substantive issues like the threat posed by al Qaeda/ISIL and the utility of different responses to terrorism, different pathways leading people to engage in terrorist tactics and ethical issues such as the use of drones. This new edition brings together in one place many of the field’s leading scholars to debate the key issues relating to a set of 16 important controversies and questions. The format of the volume involves a leading scholar taking a particular position on the controversy, followed by an opposing or alternative viewpoint written by another scholar. In addition to the pedagogic value of allowing students to read opposing arguments in one place, the volume will also be important for providing an overview of the state of the field and its key lines of debate. This book will be essential reading for students of terrorism studies and political violence, critical terrorism studies, security studies and IR in general.

The Remnants of War

The Remnants of War
  • Author : John Mueller
  • Publisher : Cornell University Press
  • Pages : 276
  • Relase : 2007
  • ISBN : 080147387X

The Remnants of War Book Review:

Mueller argues that war is an idea, like dueling or slavery, that has been substantially discredited, reduced to its remnants--or dregs--and thugs are the residual combatants.

Contingencies, Resilience and Legal Constitutionalism

Contingencies, Resilience and Legal Constitutionalism
  • Author : Clive Walker
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Pages : 160
  • Relase : 2017-10-02
  • ISBN : 9781317494751

Contingencies, Resilience and Legal Constitutionalism Book Review:

Contingency planning and resilience are of prime importance to the late modern risk society, with implications for law and for governance arrangements. Our risk society continues to seek ever more complex and detailed risk mitigation responses by law, including the UK’s Civil Contingencies Act 2004 and the US Homeland Security Act 2002, which respond to counter-terrorism, natural catastrophes, and other risks. This book seeks to analyse and criticise the legal developments in contingencies and resilience on a comparative basis, which engages with not only law and constitutionalism but also political theory and policy, including relations between public and private, national and local, and civil and military. Two transcending themes are of interest. One is institutional or structural – what bodies and power relations should we establish in a late modern world where Critical National Infrastructure is mainly held in private hands? The second is dynamic and concerns the grant of powers and arrangements for live responses. Both aspects are subjected to a strong critical stance based in 'constitutionalism', which demands state legitimacy even in extreme situations by the observance of legality, effectiveness, accountability, and individual rights. This book was originally published as a special issue of the International Journal of Human Rights.

Safety, Reliability, Risk and Life-Cycle Performance of Structures and Infrastructures

Safety, Reliability, Risk and Life-Cycle Performance of Structures and Infrastructures
  • Author : George Deodatis,Bruce R. Ellingwood,Dan M. Frangopol
  • Publisher : CRC Press
  • Pages : 1112
  • Relase : 2014-02-10
  • ISBN : 9781315884882

Safety, Reliability, Risk and Life-Cycle Performance of Structures and Infrastructures Book Review:

Safety, Reliability, Risk and Life-Cycle Performance of Structures and Infrastructures contains the plenary lectures and papers presented at the 11th International Conference on STRUCTURAL SAFETY AND RELIABILITY (ICOSSAR2013, New York, NY, USA, 16-20 June 2013), and covers major aspects of safety, reliability, risk and life-cycle performance of str

People, Power, and Law

People, Power, and Law
  • Author : Alexander Gillespie,Claire Breen
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Pages : 640
  • Relase : 2022-05-05
  • ISBN : 9781509931620

People, Power, and Law Book Review:

This book offers a unique insight into the key legal and social issues at play in New Zealand today. Tackling the most pressing issues, it tracks the evolution of these societal problems from 1840 to the present day. Issues explored include: illegal drugs; racism; the position of women; the position of Maori and free speech and censorship. Through these issues, the authors track New Zealand's evolution to one of the most famously liberal and tolerant societies in the world.

Chasing Ghosts

Chasing Ghosts
  • Author : John E. Mueller,Mark G. Stewart
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Pages : 409
  • Relase : 2016
  • ISBN : 9780190237318

Chasing Ghosts Book Review:

John Mueller and Mark Stewart expose here the ill-founded paranoia that has allowed the US national security state to both feed at the public trough and undermine America's civil liberties tradition.

American Environmentalism

American Environmentalism
  • Author : J. Michael Martinez
  • Publisher : CRC Press
  • Pages : 1227
  • Relase : 2013-06-20
  • ISBN : 9780415633185

American Environmentalism Book Review:

Protecting the natural environment and promoting sustainability have become important objectives, but achieving such goals presents myriad challenges for even the most committed environmentalist. American Environmentalism: Philosophy, History, and Public Policy examines whether competing interests can be reconciled while developing consistent, coherent, effective public policy to regulate uses and protection of the natural environment without destroying the national economy. It then reviews a range of possible solutions. The book delves into key normative concepts that undergird American perspectives on nature by providing an overview of philosophical concepts found in the western intellectual tradition, the presuppositions inherent in neoclassical economics, and anthropocentric (human-centered) and biocentric (earth-centered) positions on sustainability. It traces the evolution of attitudes about nature from the time of the Ancient Greeks through Europeans in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the Enlightenment and the American Founders, the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and up to the present. Building on this foundation, the author examines the political landscape as non-governmental organizations (NGOs), industry leaders, and government officials struggle to balance industrial development with environmental concerns. Outrageous claims, silly misrepresentations, bogus arguments, absurd contentions, and overblown prophesies of impending calamities are bandied about by many parties on all sides of the debate—industry spokespeople, elected representatives, unelected regulators, concerned citizens, and environmental NGOs alike. In lieu of descending into this morass, the author circumvents the silliness to explore the crucial issues through a more focused, disciplined approach. Rather than engage in acrimonious debate over minutiae, as so often occurs in the context of "green" claims, he recasts the issue in a way that provides a cohesive look at all sides. This effort may be quixotic, but how else to cut the Gordian knot?

Safety Risk Management

Safety Risk Management
  • Author : Kurt J. Engemann,Eirik B. Abrahamsen
  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • Pages : 246
  • Relase : 2020-08-24
  • ISBN : 9783110638189

Safety Risk Management Book Review:

Within the area of safety, different perspectives exist on how to provide an adequate basis for managing risk. Safety experts emphasize the cautionary principle, stating that in the face of uncertainty, caution should be the dominant standard. On the other hand, relying on economic assessment often leads to decisions made using expected values to optimize return on investment. Safety Risk Management: Integrating Economic and Safety Perspectives aims to illuminate this dichotomy while debating important questions. For example, is ‘safety always first?’ Additionally, in many risk environments only partial knowledge is available and limited emphasis may be mistakenly given to uncertainty. Risk management deals with balancing the dilemma inherent in exploring opportunities on the one hand, and avoiding losses, accidents, and disasters, on the other. Safety Risk Management: Integrating Economic and Safety Perspectives comprises a collection of work in this field with special focus given to situations with the potential for substantial reward but also with the possibility of immense losses and extreme consequences. This book aims to contribute to clarifying the problem by proposing an appropriate basis for managing risk to meet related practical challenges. The book consists of two parts: chapters covering fundamental concepts and approaches; and, chapters illustrating applications of these fundamental principles.

Handbook of Personal Security

Handbook of Personal Security
  • Author : Patrick J. Carroll,Robert M. Arkin,Aaron L. Wichman
  • Publisher : Psychology Press
  • Pages : 380
  • Relase : 2015-04-24
  • ISBN : 9781317498476

Handbook of Personal Security Book Review:

The issue of psychological security within an increasingly unstable, interconnected world has become a defining challenge of modern individual and cultural life. The terror attacks of September 11, 2001 and the global financial crisis that unfolded in 2008 have intensified a sense of global and personal insecurity. This concern with psychological insecurity is reflected in contemporary culture, politics, the business world, consumer behavior, the arts, and other areas. Within this context, the psychological sciences have kept pace, vigorously investigating these issues. This handbook features the latest theory and research examining cognitive, emotional, and behavioral responses to security threats. It expands the conceptual focus from specific security threats to the broader range of antecedents, processes, and consequences of psychological security/insecurity. The chapters are organized into four content areas: personal security in individual contexts, personal security in interpersonal contexts, personal security with cultural and health contexts, and interdisciplinary analyses of personal security. They represent a new and vibrant area of research unified by the common goal of understanding the factors that shape a sense of personal security. Together, these provocative chapters provide specific starting points that will shape future theory, policy, and practice on this dominant social issue of the 21st Century and, more importantly, offer opportunities to connect social and personality psychology to its scientific kin.

Engineering for Extremes

Engineering for Extremes
  • Author : Mark G. Stewart,David V. Rosowsky
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Pages : 449
  • Relase : 2022
  • ISBN : 9783030850180

Engineering for Extremes Book Review:

The volume explains how risk and decision-making analytics can be applied to the wicked problem of protecting infrastructure and society from extreme events. There is increasing research that takes into account the risks associated with the timing and severity of extreme events in engineering to reduce the vulnerability or increase the resiliency of infrastructure. "Engineering for extremes" is defined as measures taken to reduce the vulnerability or increase the resiliency of built infrastructure to climate change, hurricanes, storms, floods, earthquakes, heat waves, fires, and malevolent and abnormal events that include terrorism, gas explosions, vehicle impact and vehicle overload. The book introduces the key concepts needed to assess the economic and social well-being risks, costs and benefits of infrastructure to extreme events. This includes hazard modelling (likelihood and severity), infrastructure vulnerability, resilience or exposure (likelihood and extent of damage), social and economic loss models, risk reduction from protective measures, and decision theory (cost-benefit and utility analyses). Case studies authored by experts from around the world describe the practical aspects of risk assessment when deciding on the most cost-efficient measures to reduce infrastructure vulnerability to extreme events for housing, buildings, bridges, roads, tunnels, pipelines, and electricity infrastructure in the developed and developing worlds.

Debating Terrorism and Counterterrorism

Debating Terrorism and Counterterrorism
  • Author : Stuart Gottlieb
  • Publisher : CQ Press
  • Pages : 433
  • Relase : 2013-03-29
  • ISBN : 9781483301112

Debating Terrorism and Counterterrorism Book Review:

Featuring paired pro/con pieces written specifically for this volume, Debating Terrorism and Counterterrorism : Conflicting Perspectives on Causes, Contexts, and Responses encourages students to grapple with the central debates surrounding the field of terrorism. With topics ranging from the root causes of terrorism, the role of religion in terrorism, whether suicide terrorism is ever justified, whether the spread of democracy can help defeat terrorism, and what trade-offs should exist between security and civil liberties, Gottlieb's outstanding cast of contributors returns, compelling students to wrestle with the conflicting perspectives that define the field. Stuart Gottlieb frames the paired essays with incisive headnotes, providing historical context and preparing students to read each argument critically. Each selection has been updated to account for recent world events, policy changes, and new scholarship. New to the reader, and by reviewer request, is a chapter, "Can Global Institutions Make a Difference in Fighting Terrorism?"

The Proscription of Terrorist Organisations

The Proscription of Terrorist Organisations
  • Author : Lee Jarvis,Tim Legrand
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Pages : 178
  • Relase : 2020-06-30
  • ISBN : 9781000008036

The Proscription of Terrorist Organisations Book Review:

Powers to outlaw or proscribe terrorist organisations have become cornerstones of global counter-terrorism regimes. In this comprehensive volume, an international group of leading scholars reflect on the array of proscription regimes found around the world, using a range of methodological, theoretical and disciplinary perspectives from Political Science, International Relations, Law, Sociology and Criminology. These perspectives consider how domestic political and legal institutions intersect with and transform the use of proscription in countering terrorism and beyond. The chapters advance a range of critical perspectives on proscription laws, processes and outcomes, drawing from a global range of cases including Australia, Canada, the EU, Spain, Sri Lanka, Turkey, the UK and the USA. Using single and comparative cases, the authors emphasise the impacts of proscription on freedoms of speech and association, dissent, political action and reconciliation. The chapters demonstrate the manifold consequences for diasporas and minorities, especially those communities linked to struggles overseas against oppressive regimes, and stress the significance of language and other symbolic practices in the justification and extension of proscription powers. The volume concludes with an in-depth interview on the blacklisting of terror groups with the former U.S. Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper. This book was originally published as a special issue of the journal Terrorism and Political Violence.

Climate Adaptation Engineering

Climate Adaptation Engineering
  • Author : Emilio Bastidas-Arteaga,Mark G. Stewart
  • Publisher : Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Pages : 387
  • Relase : 2019-03-16
  • ISBN : 9780128168400

Climate Adaptation Engineering Book Review:

Climate Adaptation Engineering defines the measures taken to reduce vulnerability and increase the resiliency of built infrastructure. This includes enhancement of design standards, structural strengthening, utilisation of new materials, and changes to inspection and maintenance regimes, etc. The book examines the known effects and relationships of climate change variables on infrastructure and risk-management policies. Rich with case studies, this resource will enable engineers to develop a long-term, self-sustained assessment capacity and more effective risk-management strategies. The book's authors also take a long-term view, dealing with several aspects of climate change. The text has been written in a style accessible to technical and non-technical readers with a focus on practical decision outcomes. Provides climate scenarios and their likelihoods, hazard modelling (wind, flood, heatwaves, etc.), infrastructure vulnerability, resilience or exposure (likelihood and extent of damage) Introduces the key concepts needed to assess the risks, costs and benefits of future proofing infrastructures in a changing climate Includes case studies authored by experts from around the world

Dynamic Risk Assessment and Management of Domino Effects and Cascading Events in the Process Industry

Dynamic Risk Assessment and Management of Domino Effects and Cascading Events in the Process Industry
  • Author : Valerio Cozzani,Genserik Reniers
  • Publisher : Elsevier
  • Pages : 404
  • Relase : 2021-06-08
  • ISBN : 9780081028391

Dynamic Risk Assessment and Management of Domino Effects and Cascading Events in the Process Industry Book Review:

Dynamic Risk Assessment and Management of Domino Effects and Cascading Events in the Process Industry provides insights into emerging and state-of-the-art methods for the dynamic assessment of risk and safety barrier performance in the framework of domino effect risk management. The book presents methods and tools to manage the risk of cascading events involving the chemical and process industry. It is an ideal reference for both safety and security managers, industrial risk stakeholders, scientists and practitioners. In addition, laymen may find the state-of-the-art methods concerning domino effects (large-scale accidents) and how to prevent their propagation an interesting topic of study. Includes dynamic hazard and risk assessment methods Presents methods for safety barrier performance assessment Addresses the effect of harsh environment on domino risk assessment Relates physical security in relation to domino effects Includes innovative methods and tools

The Remnants of War

The Remnants of War
  • Author : John Mueller,Chair of National Security Studies Professor of Political Science John Mueller,John Paul Mueller
  • Publisher : Cornell University Press
  • Pages : 280
  • Relase : 2004
  • ISBN : 0801442397

The Remnants of War Book Review:

Working from the idea that the institution of war is in decline, a fascinating examination of the nature of warfare and its modern face describes the changing global attitudes toward the waging of war, and the implications this has for modern foreign policy.

The Harbinger Theory

The Harbinger Theory
  • Author : Robert Diab
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Pages : 256
  • Relase : 2015-03-11
  • ISBN : 9780190243258

The Harbinger Theory Book Review:

North American law has been transformed in ways unimaginable before 9/11. Laws now authorize and courts have condoned indefinite detention without charge based on secret evidence, mass secret surveillance, and targeted killing of US citizens, suggesting a shift in the cultural currency of a liberal form of legality to authoritarian legality. The Harbinger Theory demonstrates that extreme measures have been consistently embraced in politics, scholarship, and public opinion, not in terms of a general fear of the greater threat that terrorism now poses, but a more specific belief that 9/11 was the harbinger of a new order of terror, giving rise to the likelihood of an attack on the same scale as 9/11 or greater in the near future, involving thousands of casualties and possibly weapons of mass destruction. It explains how the harbinger theory shapes debates about rights and security by virtue of rhetorical strategies on the part of political leaders and security experts, and in works of popular culture, in which the theory is often invoked as a self-evident truth, without the need for supporting evidence or authority. It also reveals how liberal advocates tend to be deferential to the theory, aiding its deeper entrenchment through the absence of a prominent public critique of it. In a unique overview of a range of skeptical evidence about the likelihood of mass terror involving WMD or conventional means, this book contends that a potentially more effective basis for reform advocacy is not to dismiss overstated threat claims as implausible or psychologically grounded, but to challenge the harbinger theory directly through the use of contrary evidence.

International Seminar on Nuclear War and Planetary Emergencies — 45th Session

International Seminar on Nuclear War and Planetary Emergencies — 45th Session
  • Author : R Ragaini
  • Publisher : World Scientific
  • Pages : 572
  • Relase : 2013-06-27
  • ISBN : 9789814531795

International Seminar on Nuclear War and Planetary Emergencies — 45th Session Book Review:

Proceedings of the 45th Session of the International Seminars on Nuclear War and Planetary Emergencies held in Erice, Sicily. This Seminar has again gathered, in 2012, over one hundred scientists from 43 countries in an interdisciplinary effort that has been going on for the last 31 years, to examine and analyze planetary problems which had been followed up, all year long, by the World Federation of Scientists' Permanent Monitoring Panels. Contents:Opening SessionMitigation of Terrorist ActsClimate & Climate EconomicsGlobal Nuclear Energy IssuesEnergy & Sustainability in CitiesGlobal Food Production & Forest DynamicsWater, Pollution & TerrorismBrain Aging & BehaviorFrontiers in Fast Computing & InformaticsInformation SecurityMessaggio Del Presidente, Della Repubblica Italiana: Le Emergenze Planetaire E IL Progetto WFSWFS General Meeting — PMP ReportsSeminar Participant Readership: Scientists in all fields, universities and institutes in all fields of science — politicians and decision makers — ministries of science, interior and security, foreign affairs — international organisations. Keywords:Improvised Nuclear Devices;Preventing Nuclear Explosive Terrorism;Climate & Climate Economics Global Nuclear Energy Issues Outlook in Japan, China, Europe and USA;Global Food Production;Forest Dynamics;Water, Pollution & Terrorism;Brain Aging & Behavior;Frontiers In Fast Computing & Informatics;Sustainable Nuclear Energy Systems;Economics of Nuclear Power;Energy Sustainability in Cities;Information SecurityKey Features:Freely-expressed scientific point of views on the most important contemporary and future emergencies facing humanity

Counter-Terrorism, Ethics and Technology

Counter-Terrorism, Ethics and Technology
  • Author : Adam Henschke,Alastair Reed,Scott Robbins,Seumas Miller
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Pages : 221
  • Relase : 2021-12-14
  • ISBN : 9783030902216

Counter-Terrorism, Ethics and Technology Book Review:

This open access book brings together a range of contributions that seek to explore the ethical issues arising from the overlap between counter-terrorism, ethics, and technologies. Terrorism and our responses pose some of the most significant ethical challenges to states and people. At the same time, we are becoming increasingly aware of the ethical implications of new and emerging technologies. Whether it is the use of remote weapons like drones as part of counter-terrorism strategies, the application of surveillance technologies to monitor and respond to terrorist activities, or counterintelligence agencies use of machine learning to detect suspicious behavior and hacking computers to gain access to encrypted data, technologies play a significant role in modern counter-terrorism. However, each of these technologies carries with them a range of ethical issues and challenges. How we use these technologies and the policies that govern them have broader impact beyond just the identification and response to terrorist activities. As we are seeing with China, the need to respond to domestic terrorism is one of the justifications for their rollout of the “social credit system.” Counter-terrorism technologies can easily succumb to mission creep, where a technology’s exceptional application becomes normalized and rolled out to society more generally. This collection is not just timely but an important contribution to understand the ethics of counter-terrorism and technology and has far wider implications for societies and nations around the world.

Are We Safe Enough?

Are We Safe Enough?
  • Author : Mark G. Stewart,John Mueller
  • Publisher : Elsevier
  • Pages : 268
  • Relase : 2017-09-08
  • ISBN : 9780128114766

Are We Safe Enough? Book Review:

Are We Safe Enough? Measuring and Assessing Aviation Security explains how standard risk analytic and cost-benefit analysis can be applied to aviation security in systematic and easy-to-understand steps. The book evaluates and puts into sensible context the risks associated with air travel, the risk appetite of airlines and regulators and the notion of acceptable risk. It does so by describing the effectiveness, risk reduction and cost of each layer of aviation security, from policing and intelligence to checkpoint passenger screening to arming pilots on the flight deck. Quantifies the risks, costs and benefits of various aviation security methods, including policing, intelligence, PreCheck, checkpoint passenger screening, behavioral detection, air marshals and armed pilots Focuses on security measures that reduce costs without reducing security, including PreCheck, Federal Flight Deck Officer program and Installed Physical Secondary Barriers Features risk-reduction insights with global applications that are fully transparent, and fully explored through sensitivity analysis