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The West at War: U.S. and European Counterterrorism Efforts, Post-September 11

Michael Jacobson

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May 2006

Since the September 11 attacks, Europe has become one of the most important battlegrounds in the global fight against terrorism. Accordingly, U.S. cooperation with European counterterrorism efforts is more vital than ever. Despite often-heated rhetoric, authorities on both sides of the Atlantic have adopted many of the same methods -- and faced similar difficulties -- since September 11. They continue to seek long-term solutions to challenges such as prosecuting terrorists without compromising intelligence, meeting evidentiary requirements within different legal systems, and managing various levels of cooperation between multiple governments and agencies.

In this timely study, Treasury Department advisor and former FBI analyst Michael Jacobson explores various diplomatic, legislative, and tactical approaches that can help Western governments overcome these shared challenges. Based on detailed case studies and interviews with numerous officials and counterterrorism authorities, the book outlines a comprehensive strategy for shoring up a vital area of U.S. national security.

  • 139 Pages

"The book dispels many misconceptions about counterterrorism efforts overseas and makes sensible recommendations that, if followed, will leave us all safer." --Professor Dan Byman, team leader, Joint House-Senate September 11 Inquiry

"Jacobson's policy suggestions offer a steadying hand in an intemperate climate." --Robert Leiken, Director of Immigration and National Security, Nixon Center