Welcome to Teaching Terror. This website is dedicated to supporting the study of terrorism and counterterrorism. It is hoped that the information resources provided here will be of use to academics, students, policymakers, and others engaged in understanding and combating global terrorism. Your suggestions for expanding and improving this site are welcome, and can be directed to james.forest@usma.edu. For information about the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, please see our new website at: http://ctc.usma.edu

Updated: October 17, 2006





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The Making of a Terrorist: Recruitment, Training, and Root Causes
(3 Volumes)

Editor: James Forest
Publisher: Praeger Security International

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In this three-volume set, Forest brings together articles by over 50 international experts that address three areas: Recruitment (Volume 1), Training (Volume 2), and Root Causes (Volume 3). The word terrorism comes from the Latin terrere (to cause to tremble), explains Forest, and although there is no consensus on the modern definition of terrorism, it is commonly known as acts of politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents. With a special emphasis on the psychological, social, ideological, and religious aspects of terrorism recruitment....[t]his is a wise investment.
óLibrary Journal

The library of worthwhile works on terrorism is about to grow exponentially with the publication of a massive three-volume compendium, The Making of a Terrorist, edited by James J.F. Forest, director of terrorism studies at the U.S. Military Academy. The three volumes examine, respectively, recruitment, training, and root causes. Each volume contains useful and original work by journalists, government officials, and academics. But the third book, dealing with root causes, is by far the most valuable....Who are they? Does it matter who they are, or is it enough to know what they do? What drives them? We don't seem any closer to the answers than we were on September 10, 2001, but at least now, with the help of work such as that represented in The Making of a Terrorist, we're beginning to ask the questions.
óWilson Quarterly

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Dr. James Forest, Director of Terrorism Studies at the U.S. Military Academy.
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