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Talking to Terrorists

Author : Jonathan Powell
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Now includes a new Afterword - Talking to ISIL Across the world governments proclaim that they will never ‘negotiate with evil’. And yet they always have and always will. From jungle clearings to stately homes and anonymous airport hotels, Talking to Terrorists puts us in the room with the terrorists, secret agents and go-betweens who seek to change the course of history. Jonathan Powell has spent nearly two decades mediating between governments and terrorist organisations. Drawing on conflicts from Colombia and Sri Lanka to Palestine and South Africa, this optimistic, wide-ranging, authoritative book is about how and why we should talk to terrorists.

Talking to Terrorists

Author : Anne Speckhard
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Dr. Speckhard gives the inside story of what puts vulnerable individuals on the terrorist trajectory and what might make them back off of it. With more than 400 interviews with terrorists and their friends, family members, and hostages, she is one of the few experts to have such a breadth of experience.

Talking to Terrorists

Author : Carolin Goerzig
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This book examines the doctrine of giving no concessions to terrorists, and uses empirical research to establish whether there is any link between negotiating with such groups and the spread of violence. The logic of the no-concessions doctrine is based on the argument that other terrorist groups multiply when they realize that terrorism succeeds in achieving political goals. Proponents of the no-concessions doctrine have argued that there is a pattern in terrorist contagion which results from giving in to their demands. Statistical evidence for terrorist contagion is not convincing enough, however, as depicting an increase in terrorist incidences as a consequence of concessions could merely imply a flawed causality. Without an explanation for such correlations we are left wondering whether other reasons could be decisive in the increase in terrorist actions. Based on field research in four countries and interviews with current and former members of several different terrorist groups, this book establishes a qualitative relationship between concessions to terrorists on the one hand and (non-)contagion of other terrorist groups on the other. The deterrence effect, intended by the imperative never to concede, is seriously challenged. In fact, it can be precisely through concessions that groups mentalities and actions are called into question. The book will be of great interest to students of terrorism and political violence, war and conflict studies, security studies and IR/politics. Carolin Goerzig is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris and has a PhD in Political Science from Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich.

Talking to Terrorists

Author : Peter Taylor
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In TALKING TO TERRORISTS Peter Taylor takes us on a personal journey, quoting from diaries written at the time, as he reveals what it was like to come face-to-face with IRA terrorists and Islamic jihadis. What are terrorists really like? How do states counter them? And should governments talk to them? Drawing on more than 35 years of reporting terrorism, Taylor asks these difficult questions as he tries to understand the motives of the men and women behind some of the world's most notorious terror attacks. The reality behind terrorism is complex. As the saying goes, 'one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter'. Many former 'terrorists' have gone on to become statesmen: Menachem Begin of Israel's Irgun, Yasser Arafat of Palestine's Fatah, Nelson Mandela of South Africa's ANC, and Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness of Ireland's Irish Republican Army. Stripped of their masks, bombs and guns, terrorists are normal people - but they are prepared to kill in the name of a cause in which they believe. Taylor asks what lessons can be learned from the resolution of conflict in Northern Ireland in confronting the threat of Islamic extremism, and tackles head-on the highly topical issue of extracting actionable intelligence that could save lives. When does interrogation become torture? Often, he argues, there is little choice but to talk to the enemy.

Talking to Terrorists

Author : Robin Soans
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Talking to Terrorists

Author : John Bew
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Northern Ireland's peace agreement, which put an end to IRA aggression, has been widely admired as a stellar model of conflict resolution. It is believed that Britain avoided rigid preconditions in its meeting with the IRA, a move that encouraged other governments to seek similar sit-downs with extremist groups. Whether in Spain, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, or Iraq, many now believe that intelligence agencies should follow the lessons of Ulster in their efforts at brokering peace. Yet two difficult questions remain: has history provided us with a clear picture of Northern Ireland's peace process, and does the "talking cure" work with all democracies? The authors of this volume not only present an unbiased history of Northern Ireland's transition from aggression to peace, but they also demonstrate how these events developed quite differently than many proponents of the Northern Ireland model believe. Through their expert research, they then contrast their findings against incidents in Spain's Basque country during the same period. The authors point to a range of variables at play in the Ulster negotiations, such as the selection of state representatives, the information provided by intelligence agencies, the wielding of hard power, and the wider democratic process. Above all, they draw a line between talking to terrorists who believe their strategy is succeeding and making overtures to those who realize their aims are no longer attainable through violent means. At a time when Ulster is experiencing a resurgence in violence, Talking to Terrorists offers a vital reassessment of the basis on which peace was initially established.

Talking to Terrorists A Personal Journey from the IRA to Al Qaeda

Author : Peter Taylor
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A controversial and timely book by BBC reporter and terrorism expert Peter Taylor

Talking to Terrorists

Author : Mark Perry
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In the summer of 2004, a small group of Americans and Europeans had a series of quiet but meaningful meetings with senior officials of Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Muslim Brotherhood in Beirut, Lebanon. Several months later, in early 2005, a larger group of former senior American and European government officials and diplomats travelled to Lebanon for wide-ranging talks with these 'terrorist leaders'. The discussions were detailed, wide-ranging, blunt - and often uncomfortable, but they touched on a wide variety of political subjects: on democracy, Israel, al-Qaeda, violence ... and terrorism. The result was startling: a conviction among the participants that the United States and its allies had gotten the war on terrorism wrong, dangerously wrong. Now, in this first-hand account, one of the leaders of these delegations details how those unprecedented discussions - and an opening that he learned of that was engineered between American military officers and Iraqi insurgents based in Amman, Jordan - has helped to convince American and European policymakers to recast the war on terrorism, providing a fundamental shift in Western strategy. How to Lose the War on Terror is not only a on-the-ground, real-time account of how 'talking' and 'listening' to the leaders of Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Muslim Brotherhood is beginning to shift American and European perceptions, but how groups that the West once viewed as 'dead enders' and 'enemies of freedom' are now slowly being recruited in the war against America and Europe's real enemies - al Qaeda and its 'salafist' allies. Based on first-hand accounts with the participants, as well as interviews with leading American and European policy-makers, How to Lose the War on Terror is a dramatic narrative of the crippling strategic and intellectual mistakes that have mired the West in an unwinnable war - but that suggests a way forward in a conflict whose victory depends less on force than it does on a realistic understanding of the true enemy and a comprehension of the challenges we all face. After seven years of getting it wrong, are the US and its allies finally getting it right? Mark Perry's startling account helps to answer that question.

Talking about Terrorism

Author : Alison Jamieson
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Children's questions about terrorism can be penetrating and hard to answer. This book helps adults answer those difficult questions - What do terrorists want? When will terrorism end? The authors provide simple, objective explanations and try where possible to reassure, while being careful not to raise unrealistic expectations.

Talking with Terrorists

Author : Peter J. D. Clark
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Talking to Terrorists

Author : Brian Michael Jenkins
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Terrorists seize foreign officials as a means of gaining international attention and exerting leverage over the local government, upon whom they usually levy their demands. A political kidnapping is an act of propaganda, inherent within it is a desire to communicate. Holding a hostage guarantees that the kidnappers will be heard. On the other side, the government not only is concerned with obtaining the safe release of the hostage or hostages; it also wants to communicate its position in the contest with the terrorists. When the hostage belongs to another government, that government also must communicate its concerns about the safety of one or more of its citizens, its policy with regard to political kidnappings, and its attitude toward the local government. Political kidnappings create many communications problems Resolution of these kidnappings requires communication between at least two parties: the terrorist kidnappers and the government. Governments themselves are, of course, complex organizations comprised of separate entities that sometimes act independently of one another, each having its own means of communicating This magnifies the problem. When opinions are divided on how to handle the kidnapping, the government may be saying several things at once.

Talking to Terrorists Non Violence and Counter Terrorism

Author : Andrew Fitz-Gibbon
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This book examines the history of “the Troubles” in Northern Ireland in the 1970s-1990s and compares it with the situation in the Gaza Strip. The book takes as its cue the tragic events in Gaza in July 2014, when Israel launched Operation Protective Edge which began seven weeks of bombardment of Gaza and which led to rocket attacks by the Palestinians on Israel. In all over 2,200 people were killed. The book provides a brief history of the violence in both countries. It then analyzes the Northern Ireland Peace Process that resulted in the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, which ended decades of violence and led to relative peace in Northern Ireland through the process of “talking to terrorists.” The book suggests seven creative lessons for a peaceful way forward between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

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Author : Brian Michael Jenkins
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Talking to Terrorists

Author : Mark Perry
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The author makes the argument that diplomacy with extremists may be the only way to end terrorism. Additionally, he reveals some of the secret diplomacy carried on by the U.S. with some of the world's most vilified terrorist organizations.

Talking with Terrorists

Author : Stacie Leigh Pettyjohn
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Talking to the Enemy

Author : Scott Atran
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Talking to the Enemy is an intellectually and personally courageous exploration of one of the most contentious issues of modern times. Scott Atran has spent years talking to terrorists - from Gaza and Afghanistan, to Indonesia and Europe - in order to help us understand and mitigate the rise of religious violence. Here he argues persuasively that we need to consider terrorists' close relationships, with family and friends, as much as the causes they espouse, and delivers a fascinating journey into the mindsets of radicalised people in the twenty-first century. Along the way, he also provides deep insights into the history of all religions, and into their evolutionary origins. He shows us, above all, how we have come to be human. More than any other book, Talking to the Enemy invites us to empathise; it is itself the best possible example of how to do it.

Talking to Terrorists

Author : Robin Soans
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"I looked around the room and I thought, I'm the only person in this room that hasn't killed anyone" Talking to Terrorists is a play commissioned by the Royal Court and Out of Joint. The writer, director Max Stafford-Clark, and actors interviewed people from around the world who have been involved in terrorism. They wanted to know what makes ordinary people do extreme things. As well as those who crossed the line, they met peacemakers, warriors, journalists, hostages and psychologists. Their stories take us from Uganda, Israel, Turkey, Iraq and Ireland - to the heart of the British establishment. Talking to Terrorists was produced Out of Joint Theatre Company at the Royal Court Theatre and on a UK tour in 2005.

Terrorists at the Table

Author : Jonathan Powell
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A fascinating insider's look at the subterranean world of secret negotiations between terrorist groups and governments

When Terrorists Do the Talking

Author : Bonnie Cordes
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"Much research has been done on what terrorists have done in the past and on identifying trends for predicting what they might do in the future. Less attention, however, has been given to terrorist motivations, mindset, or self-perceptions. Using primary materials such as memoirs, statements, interviews, and communiques, this paper, published in the December 1987 Journal of Strategic Studies, discusses how terrorists see themselves, what they think they are doing, and what they think their actions will accomplish. It also proposes a simple framework for a more systematic examination of the terrorists' view of themselves and their actions. The author considers two aspects of terrorists' communications: how they persuade, or intend to persuade, others (the "propaganda aspect") and how they persuade themselves (the "autopropaganda aspect")."--Rand abstracts.

Talking to the Enemy

Author : Henning Glaser
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Die Beitrage des Sammelbandes beschaftigen sich mit rechtlichen und politischen Aspekten der Terrorismusbekampfung.