Terrorism Lectures, 3rd Edition (2019)

The Terrorism Lectures is a collection of timely and engaging lessons directly from the classroom of terrorism expert Dr. James J. F. Forest. The book and accompanying online materials delve into the history of terrorism, its root causes, its many forms and organizations, as well as the frameworks that analysts use to determine the scope of a terrorist threat. Published June 2019, 442 pages. ISBN: 978-1-940503-16-5

NEW: See Ed Valla’s review of the book in the October 2019 issue of Perspectives on Terrorism.

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“A truly comprehensive and wonderfully accessible terrorism course all contained in a single text. James Forest provides an enormous service to students and teachers of terrorism alike.” — John Horgan, Professor, Georgia State University

“James Forest has done what only great teachers can do—provide a comprehensive look at a complicated topic while distilling the key themes that animate the discipline. This guided tour through the intellectual landscape of terrorism studies provides an accessible road map for the new-comer and some open-road for the journeyman to explore. Synthesis of this kind is invaluable for teachers as well as students, and can only be arrived at by an expert in the field.” — Bill Braniff,  Director, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, University of Maryland

“This is a great, very accessible overview for students of terrorism studies!”
— Annette Idler, Director of Studies, Changing Character of War Program, Oxford University

“James Forest is a pillar of the academic study of terrorism and counterterrorism whose more than a dozen books and volumes are essential readings in the field. In The Terrorism Lectures, Forest yet again provides an extraordinary service to instructors and students of terrorism studies alike. Comprehensive, logically structured, up-to-date, and highly accessible, The Terrorism Lectures is a fantastic work of synthesis, massive in both scope and insights.” — Assaf Moghadam, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, and author of The Globalization of Martyrdom

“Dr. James Forest is one of the most prolific contemporary authors on terrorism and counterterrorism topics and his latest offering—The Terrorism Lectures—is his best. The Terrorism Lectures is topical, informative, interesting, and most importantly, highly relevant to today’s complicated international security environment which is dominated by nefarious terrorist organizations intent on attacking the United States. The Terrorism Lectures provides the reader both the tool set with which to build a basic understanding of terrorism and the master mechanic to guide the reader through the process. Brilliantly researched and written, The Terrorism Lectures provides the reader with a personal tutorial delivered by one of the nation’s most articulate and gifted lecturers.” — Russell D. Howard, Brigadier General (Retired) and Senior Fellow, Joint Special Operations University

Other relevant materials:

Recent editorial in The Globe
CTC Report on al-Qaida (Harmony & Disharmony)
Blog post, “Reflections on Fear of Terrorism”
Blog post, “Predicting the Next Terrorist Attack”
Perspectives on Terrorism (peer-reviewed journal)
Other publications by James Forest