by Christopher C. Harmon
February 04, 2014
This Citizen’s Guide addresses the public policy issues of terrorism and counterterrorism in the United States after Bin Laden’s death. Written for the thinking citizen and student alike, this succinct and up-to-date book takes a “grand strategy” approach toward terrorism and uses examples and issues drawn from present-day actors. Christopher Harmon, a veteran academic of military theory who has also instructed U.S. and foreign military officers, first introduces the problem of America’s continued vulnerability to terrorist attack by reviewing recent attacks and attempts against the U.S. Part II examines the varied ways in which the U.S. is already fighting terrorism. He then outlines the various aspects of the U.S. strategy, including intelligence, diplomacy, public diplomacy, economic counterterrorism, and law and law-making. Next, Harmon sketches the prospects for further action, listing recommendations with pros and cons and also including factual stories of how individual citizens have made a difference against terrorism.