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The academic journal Perspectives on Terrorism released its list of the “Top 150 Books on Terrorism and Counterterrorism” and included Rik Coolsaet’s edited volume, Jihadi Terrorism and the Radicalisation Challenge within its “Radicalization and Recruitment into Terrorism” section.
The citation for the book reads:
“An important compilation of papers by leading experts on radicalization. Utilizing empirically-generated case studies, the contributors find that since 9/11 jihadi terrorism in the form of al Qaida ‘Central’ has been greatly weakened, now resembling a patchwork of self-radicalizing local cells with international contacts but without any central al Qaida organizational direction and control, which is compared to the radical left-wing terrorism of the 1970s. Another finding is that ‘self-starter’ type radicalization processes are at work in Western Europe and the United States. A separate section in the book examines the components of effective government strategies to de-radicalize extremists.”
About the Editor: Rik Coolsaet is Chair at the Department of Political Science, Ghent University, Ghent University, Belgium