Aug 23, 2007
Understanding and Reducing Terrorism Risks
Published Jul 22, 2007
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Ungoverned territories - failed or failing states or ungoverned areas within otherwise viable states - generate all manner of security problems and can become terrorist sanctuaries. Using a two-tiered framework areas applied to eight case studies from around the globe, the authors seek to understand the conditions that give rise to ungoverned territories and what makes some ungoverned territories more conducive to a terrorist or insurgent presence than others. On the basis of this ground-breaking analytical work, they identify three types of ungoverned territories and their effects on U.S. security interests and develop strategies to improve the U.S. ability to mitigate these effects.
"Well-illustrated and with valuable maps, 'Ungoverned Territories' offers readers a geographic look at the areas studied in detail in the text. This book is meant for military professionals of all stripes, counter-terrorism experts, senior government officials, researchers, and serious students of modern armed conflict. All will find it useful."
- Air Power History, Summer 2008
"By using a framework applied to eight cases around the world, the authors illustrate conditions that spawn ungoverned territories. They help us to better understand what makes certain areas more useful to terrorists and insurgents than others. Specifically, they highlight several types that affect U.S. security interests and propose strategies for dealing with them… 'Ungoverned Territories' should prove most useful to U.S. policymakers and graduate students."
- Proceedings, U.S. Naval Institute, May 2008
"Ungoverned territories are 'areas in which a state faces significant challenges in establishing control'. [This] book covers eight such areas: the Pakistani-Afghan border, Arabian Peninsula, Sulawesi-Mindanao arc, East African corridor, West Africa, North Caucasus, the Colombia-Venezuela border, and the Guatemala-Chiapas border. In most of these territories, fundamentalist Muslims want to establish a caliphate. A secondary issue is drugs. If left unchecked, the combination of militant religious extremism and drugs will destroy our way of life… The areas [the book] examines affect the U.S. in general and they are, or will be, battlefields for the U.S. military in the future… Clearly, 'Ungoverned Territories' is a worthwhile read for planners and those trying to figure out where the next conflict will be fought."
- Military Review, January-February 2008
"Ungoverned Territories: Understanding and Reducing Terrorism Risk by Angel Rabasa, et al. is based on a study of failed or failing states and ungoverned areas that serve as incubation sites for any number of terrorist organizations… The book stands alone as one of the few works in years to not only identify the myriad of challenges arising from these areas, but for actually presenting strategies based on a solid analytical framework capable of countering such threats. The book is a strong contender for the libraries of any reader concerned with America's role in the war on international terrorism."
- Parameters, US Army Ware College Quarterly, Winter 2007-08