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Global Alert: The Rationality of Modern Islamist Terrorism and the Challenge to the Liberal Democratic World

Boaz Ganor


This book describes the motivations that lead to modern Islamist terrorism and the different stages in the execution of a terrorist attack. Challenging the certainty that liberal democratic values offer an antidote to radicalism, the book exposes the exploitation of democratic institutions by terrorists to further their goals and confronts the difficulty democracies face in fighting terrorism, especially when international humanitarian law does not account for nonstate actors in armed conflict. The text especially focuses on the “hybrid terrorist organization” model, which calls for a new inte ... More

Keywords: motivations, Islamic terrorism, terrorist attack, democratic values, radicalism, international humanitarian law, armed conflict, hybrid terrorist organization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231172127
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231172127.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Boaz Ganor, author