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LaFree and Crenshaw’s “Countering Terrorism: No Simple Solutions” available for preorder

In their new book, “Countering Terrorism: No Simple Solutions” START Researchers Martha Crenshaw and Gary LaFree provide a critical look at the strategies used to understand and counter terrorism through the years.

Two leaders in the field of terrorism studies, they make it clear why it is so difficult to create policy to counter terrorism: the foes are multiple and often amorphous; the study of the field dogged by disagreement on basic definitional and methodological issues; and the creation of policy hobbled by an exacting standard – the counterterrorist must succeed all the time, the terrorist only once.

Crenshaw is a senior fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, as well as professor of political science at Stanford University and a professor of government emerita at Wesleyan University.

In addition to serving as the director of START, LaFree is a professor of criminology and criminal justice at the University of Maryland. He is also the past president of the American Society of Criminology, a member of the Attorney General’s Science Advisory Board, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Law and Justice.

“Countering Terrorism: No Simple Solutions” will hit bookstores in January but it is available for pre-order now on Brookings and Amazon.

Dr. LaFree and Dr. Crenshaw will give a book talk on “Countering Terrorism: No Simple Solutions” on the University of Maryland campus on Thursday, February 23, 2017. For more information and to RSVP, click here.


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