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In Terrorism in an Unstable World, Richard Clutterbuck examines the changes in terrorist tactics since the end of the Cold War. He analyzes the possible threat posed by new terrorist groups which are the products of ethnic tensions. He explores how Islamic fundamentalism has become the primary motivating factor for terrorism and how the West has used improved technology to counter terrorist activity.
This timely and important book explores the connection between terrorism and drug trafficking, from the growers in Asia and Latin America to the consumers in affluent western cities. Clutterbuck assesses the technological developments in modern weapons as well as advances in detecting explosives and spotting terrorists, criminals and drug traffickers. He looks at trials of new identification techniques which could revolutionize the safety and convenience of air travel and considers whether the unrestrained use of such technology may lead to the erosion of civil liberties. In his final analysis, Clutterbuck argues for better international cooperation by the police, intelligence, and armed forces and proposes that international organizations, such as the United Nations and NATO, take a more active role in international law enforcement.