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Terrorism and Counterterrorism: A Comprehensive Introduction to Actors and Actions

Henry Prunckun and Troy Whitford
Terrorism and Counterterrorism: A Comprehensive Introduction to Actors and Actions
ISBN: 978-1-62637-758-5
ISBN: 978-1-62637-760-8
ISBN: 978-1-62637-812-4
2019/269 pages/LC: 2018035340
Also of interest: The Irrational Terrorist and Other Persistent Terrorism Myths by Darren Hudson, et al.
"A practical, easy-to-read, and timely learning tool for students with little or no previous exposure to terrorism-related issues.... Prunckun and Whitford took up an ambitious task, and delivered." —Cesar Alvarez, Salus Journal

"Exemplary.... An indispensable guide for understanding the components involved in analyzing the terrorist threat and the measures required for effective response." —Joshua Sinai, The Washington Times


What is terrorism? How do terrorists operate—what are their means, targets, and motivations? How can governments prevent terrorist attacks from happening? Henry Prunckun and Troy Whitford address these questions in their systematic, comprehensive exploration of terrorism and counterterrorism.

Notably, this authoritative text:

• Explains complex issues in an objective, accessible way
• Traces the phenomenon of terrorism through history
• Examines law enforcement, as well as intelligence and military operations
• Features case studies from around the world
• Includes learning aids for students

Designed to appeal to both students and instructors, the text enables readers to deepen their understanding of terrorism today and learn what is being done to combat it.


Henry Prunckun is a research criminologist at the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS), Charles Sturt University. He previously served as a senior counterterrorism policy analyst and has held a number of operational postings in investigation and security. Troy Whitford is lecturer in intelligence and security studies at AGSPS.


  • Foreword—Brian Michael Jenkins
  • Introducing Terrorism and Counterterrorism.
  • Contemporary Forms of Terrorism.
  • Radicalization.
  • Targets.
  • Methods and Weapons.
  • Financing.
  • Media Coverage.
  • Victims of Terrorism.
  • Counterterrorism and the Rule of Law.
  • Law Enforcement and the Military.
  • Intelligence Collection and Analysis.
  • Protection of Critical Infrastructure.
  • Deradicalization.
  • Global Approaches to Counterterrorism.
  • Can the War on Terror Be Won?