Author: Vinod Saighal
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8120725344
In this book, the author goes beyond the well-known by-lanes of the phenomenon and provides a tantalizing glimpse of how the world is probably missing the wood for trees in its fight against global terrorism.
Highlighting the changing nature of conflicts, the General provides a fresh perspective on dealing with the disproportionality factor related to terrorist actions – as in Bali-whereby a small cell can force extraordinarily large deployments on nations responding to the terror. He goes on to show how national response patterns, ignoring several alternative strategies, still hover between retaliatory insufficiency and retaliatory overkill.
Delving into territory that has seldom been charted before by scholars and experts writing on the subject, Saighal’s novel approach is particularly discernible in his views on:
-Breaking the Definitional Impasse-that has eluded the comity of nations
-Looking Beyond Iraq
-Countering Suicide Missions
-Future Projections to tackle the menace of global terrorism.
The book lucidly brings out that the civilisational jackeying for the world dominance had commenced well before the hypothesis made famous by Samuel Huntington saw the light of day. Saighal’s book will have an impact on perspectives relate to global terrorism as viewed by the UN, governments, diplomats, scholars, think tanks, military and intelligence experts and the general public around the world.
PART I: WHENCE THE TERROR
Islam Linked to Global Terror
Pakistan-The Epicenter of Global Terror
Post-Mortem in Afghanistan
Limits to US Power
PART II: TERRORISM-RELATED GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES
Russia and Central Asian Republics
Globalization Linked to Global Terrorism
Nuclear Aspects Related to Global Terrorism
PART III: COUNTERING GLOBAL TERRORISM
Changing Nature of Conflicts
What Fuels Terrorism Today
Dealing with Terrorism
Changing Nature of the Threat
PART IV: THE WAY FORWARD
Finding a Way Through the Definitional Labyrinth
Dealing with Iraq-A Paradigm Shift
The Stress Factor
Countering Suicide Missions
Media Whither Islam
PART V: FUTURE PROJECTIONS