Emergent Issues in the World War Against Global Terrorism

Emergent Issues in the World War Against Global Terrorism

Kenneth David Strang (State University of New York at Plattsburgh, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-4754-9.ch017
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Abstract

The chapter examines the impact of global terrorism on the top most-impacted nations. Global terrorism continues to impact many nations. There are two impacts – actual attacks causing deaths injuries and/or property damage as well as the emerging culture of fear where human rights have regressed – both impact the risk and contingency management community of practice. The critical analysis method is integrated with a meta-analysis of selected studies. Retrospective and inductive analysis techniques are applied. The risk of global terrorism is reviewed and calculated for the most-impacted nations. The recommendations address the emergent risks for contingency planning specialists, practitioners and researchers to consider. Additionally, future research directions are provided.
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Introduction

Terrorist behavior is socio-economically expensive to societies around the world (Korstanje & Strang, 2018). Terrorists kill and injure people but they may require only simple weapons like knives to kill thousands of people, as was the case during the 9/11 crisis in the USA (USADHS, 2016; Strang & Alamieyeseigha, 2015). Terrorist acts may originate by domestic residents or foreigners crossing borders, but we do not know how, what, when or where terrorism will manifest (Strang, 2015). The problem is we do not have enough scholarly research to articulate the emerging risks of global terrorism (Oprescu, 2013; Green & Spry, 2014; Kastenmüller, Greitemeyer, Hindocha, Tattersall & Fischer, 2013; Smith & Fischbacher, 2009). These are all exemplary rationale to substantiate why it is important for risk and contingency management practitioners to know more about the emergent issues in global terrorism.

To accomplish that goal, this chapter examines the impact of global terrorism on the top most-impacted nations. This is a qualitative review of empirical studies along with data collected from actual terrorist attacks. Therefore, the method is a critical analysis integrated with a meta-analysis of selected studies. Retrospective and inductive analysis techniques are applied. The purpose of the chapter is to update risk and contingency planning specialists, practitioners and researchers about the state of the war on global terrorism. Additionally, future research directions are provided.

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