Targeting Top Terrorists: Understanding Leadership Removal in Counterterrorism Strategy

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Columbia University Press
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5.9 X 0.8 X 8.9 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author
Bryan C. Price is the founding executive director of the Buccino Leadership Institute at Seton Hall University. During a twenty-year career as an Army officer, he served in various command and staff positions, including combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. From 2012 to 2018, he directed the Combating Terrorism Center and served as an Academy Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
From one of the country's leading experts on terrorism, Targeting Top Terrorists breaks important new ground in our understanding of terrorist groups, the importance of their leaders, and the implications of removing those leaders from the battlefield. It is rare that a book speaks to academics, policy makers, and war fighters, but Price's book does just that.--Michael Morell, former acting director and deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency and host of the Intelligence Matters podcast
Targeting Top Terrorists analyzes the impact of leadership decapitation from both empirical and quantitative perspectives, and Price's research presents new findings that make a significant and original contribution to the current literature. This book is a must-read for both scholars and policy makers.--Boaz Ganor, dean of the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy, and Strategy, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya
Is leadership decapitation an effective tool in contending with the persistent threat posed by terrorist groups? In Targeting Top Terrorists, Bryan Price tackles this critical question with theoretical rigor, methodological sophistication, and empirical depth to produce an incisive and nuanced study that scholars and practitioners of counterterrorism cannot afford to ignore.--Assaf Moghadam, author of Nexus of Global Jihad: Understanding Cooperation Among Terrorist Actors
One of the most rigorous studies to date.--Jonathan Stevenson "New York Review of Books "