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Superpowers, Rogue States and Terrorism (ePub)

Countering the Security Threats to the West

Military > Post-WWII Warfare

By Prof Paul Moorcraft
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 14.9 MB (.epub)
Pages: 181
Illustrations: 16
ISBN: 9781473894747
Published: 2nd November 2017


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Dr Paul Moorcraft’s recent controversial and prophetic book on Islamic terrorism – The Jihadist Threat: Reconquest of the West? – raised a storm and many questions. Here he answers them. The author is unusual in having spent time with frontline jihadists in Afghanistan, the Balkans and North Africa. So this is no moral tract based on theory but instead draws on hard frontline combat. Jihadism has become a long-term threat to the West. Then along came Brexit and Donald Trump to add to the complications of rogue Russian behaviour.
Superpowers, Rogue States and Terrorism is unique in analysing today’s crises and opportunities in the context of a matrix of threats ranging from Russia, China, through jihadism to North Korea. The possible solutions to these challenges that the author offers are highly provocative, including re-introducing internment for UK jihadists to the dismemberment of the two prime Western enemies, namely Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. He also examines possible deals with Russia and China, not least in solving the blatant nuclear sabre-rattling by North Korea.
Professor Moorcraft’s expert insights are based upon extensive knowledge and first-hand eye-witness experience. But beware: he doesn’t pull punches nor are his views in any way politically correct.

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BBC Radio Wales, Monday 3rd December

Paul Moorcraft speaks to William Cadsby Peet

They're (The Jihadist Threat and Superpowers, Rogue States and Terrorism) fine reads though, offering a wide-ranging and often provocative examination of world politics, terrorism and the Middle East - William Cadsby Peet

Essential Surrey, June 2018

In these uncertain times Paul Moorcraft's latest book is first class, and well worth reading. Don't expect a dry-as-dust academic tome; Moorcraft manages to combine the relaxed communications skills of a well-travelled and experienced journalist with the deep knowledge of an expert in the field of strategic studies. He writes wittily and engagingly and with a geopolitical awareness that is almost tactile. His coverage of the forces at play in Middle East politics is compelling, as is his balanced and mature assessment of the 'threat to the west'. Unlike most other analysts he also sensed the possibility of some sort of an agreement with the US over (or perhaps even with?) North Korea. Highly recommended.

Professor Paul Cornish, Amazon

A stimulating and thought provoking read, well written and clearly drawing on the authors experience in a wide variety of fields.

Forces Pension Society May 2018

A highly readable weave of scrupulous reporting and academic research, with slashes of forewarned political incorrectness stitched in, “Superpowers, Rogue States and Terrorism” is an unconventional, at times bemusing, and above all, thought-provoking assessment of the pressing political and security issues of today’s fraught world.

Allen Pizzey, former CBS News foreign correspondent

If this reviewer was asked to recommend one book as a basic resource for the 2017 international geopolitical scene, Superpowers, Rogue States and Terrorism: Countering the Security Threats to the West would be it. According to the author, the volume ‘…Traces the growth of the Islamic threat and offers some domestic and international solutions by working with potential allies in Europe and the Middle East’. He concludes ‘My conclusion is positive – many of the current problems can be solved’. The result is well-written, well-researched, eminently readable and objective. It is the ideal ‘go-to’ volume for anyone with an interest in international affairs.

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Prof Paul Moorcraft

About Prof Paul Moorcraft

Professor Paul Moorcraft has written over 50 books, both fiction and non-fiction. Besides being a senior instructor at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, and then the Joint Services Command and Staff College, he worked for the UK Ministry of Defence in the Balkans and Middle East. A print and broadcast journalist in 30 war zones, the author worked extensively behind ‘enemy’ lines, most notably with Jihadists during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. He has worked with, and reported on, special forces in countries as far apart as Nepal and South Africa, as well as serving as an officer in Zimbabwe’s forces. His command of German, and later Hebrew, supported the initial research for this book. His fluency in Welsh has been useful too as some of the Jewish commandos lived and trained in North Wales and indeed sometimes successfully claimed to be Welsh when captured. The author has also worked in desert war zones, most recently during six trips in Darfur, Sudan, where he spent time with rebel groups and separately with Sudanese government forces
A fellow of the Royal Historical Society, he returned to his Welsh homeland in 2021.

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