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    As Terrorism Evolves
    • Online ISBN: 9781108303996
    • Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108303996
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Some of the world's most lethal terrorist organizations have become media-centric enterprises, while also hijacking a major world religion, holding large swathes of physical territory, and governing their own virtual states. In this concise and penetrating book, Seib traces how terrorism has proliferated and increased significantly in menace in the relatively brief period between the rise of al-Qaeda and the creation of Islamic State. With close attention to the linkages between media, religion, and violence, the book offers incisive analysis of how organizations such as Islamic State, al-Qaeda, and Boko Haram operate and reflects on how terrorism may continue to evolve. Seib argues that twenty-first-century terrorism is enabled by new media and depends on social networks as connective tissue, while interacting simultaneously with religion and socio-economic and political grievances. As Terrorism Evolves prescribes new measures for counterterrorism efforts, underscores the importance of soft power, and makes a strong case for recognizing that we have entered an era of terrorism of undetermined duration.

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Advance praise:'As Terrorism Evolves: Media, Religion, and Governance is an ambitious overview of the definitions of terrorism, its chief causes and historical roots, key terrorist groups’ goals, methods, media practices, and outcomes, and the recent and future government response options available for handling such threats. Undergraduate or graduate instructors focusing on terrorism will find this book an accessible read that provides important context for the controversies that terrorism raises in twenty-first century.'

Carol Winkler - Georgia State University

Advance praise:'This is a concise and well-written book from a veteran scholar of journalism and strategic communication, covering the relation of terrorism to daily life, religion, organization, media, and the future. It is a must-read for teachers, students, or anyone else trying to come to grips with what Professor Seib correctly calls a 'new era of terrorism'.'

Steven R. Corman - Director, Center for Strategic Communication, Arizona State University

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