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978-1-78660-953-3 • Hardback • August 2018 • $139.00 • (£107.00)
978-1-78660-954-0 • Paperback • August 2018 • $50.00 • (£38.00)
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Phil Gurski served for more than 30 years as an analyst in the Canadian intelligence community. In 2001 he joined CSIS where he was a strategic analyst, specializing in homegrown Al Qaeda-inspired terrorism and radicalization to violence. In 2013 he moved to Public Safety Canada as a Senior Strategic Advisor on Canada’s Countering Violent Extremism policy.
Chapter One: Why we Should Not See Terrorism Primarily as ‘War’
Chapter Two: Intelligence and Law Enforcement Role in Counter Terrorism
Chapter Three: Governments: Laws, Policies and Outreach Programmes
Chapter Four: Community Engagement: From Academics to Religious Leaders to Technology Companies to Citizens
Chapter Five: The Problem with Counter Narratives
Chapter Six: Does Islam Have a ‘Problem’? Does the Islamic World?
Chapter Seven: Conclusion: How Does Terrorism End?
Phil Gurski has studied and countered terrorism for most of his adult life, first as a Canadian intelligence official, now as an esteemed commentator. In this book he condenses his knowledge and expresses his views, without pulling punches but in a constructive way, over two decades of War on Terror. Highly informed common sense for experts and laypeople alike.— Lorenzo Vidino, Director, Program on Extremism, George Washington University
Gurski is sketching a realistic path to end the war on terrorism. Amidst the abundance of literature on (counter)terrorism, Gurski is adding a rare but insightful piece to the debate: personal experiences of counterterrorism professionals. Reading Gurski means learning to defeat concrete threats and to accept the phenomenon of terrorism as part of civilisation.— Michael Kowalski, Chairman of Netherlands Intelligence Studies Association
In this small book, Phil Gurski provides a concise and incisive discussion of the big issues in the “war on terrorism”. Drawing on his long service as an analyst and a sound appreciation of scholarship, he provides a highly accessible, realistic, and informative survey of the strengths and weaknesses of the diverse responses to the threat by Western states. — Lorne L. Dawson, Director of the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security, and Society
An End to the War on Terrorism is worth reading as a jumping off point for stimulating a more in-depth plunge into the extant writings on terrorism/ counterterrorism of which there are hundreds to choose from today.— International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence