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Comparative Homeland Security: Global Lessons [Hardcover]

by Nadav Morag
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October 25, 2011 0470497149 978-0470497142 1
Students and practitioners of Homeland Security have generally not looked beyond U.S. borders in terms of searching for solutions to existing H.S. policy problems. Comparative Homeland Security: Global Lessons examines overseas homeland security practices, allowing readers to integrate counter-terrorism, emergency response and other H.S. practices from around the world into our own policies. The book covers strategies for combatting terrorism, countering radicalization, emergency response, border and transportation security, critical infrastructure protection, public health and military support for civil authorities from a number of the world's democracies. Organized topically, the book allows scientists, policymakers, law enforcement professionals, government workers and students of H.S. to easily compare and integrate the concepts presented into practice.

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A topic-by-topic guide for integrating overseas homeland security practices into those currently used in the United States

Homeland security practices extend beyond America's borders. Yet, the United States has failed to look at homeland security (HS) solutions implemented successfully across different corners of the globe. Comparative Homeland Security raises awareness among students and practitioners with an international menu of HS techniques individual countries have set in place to confront a host of domestic safety concerns. The book then proceeds to closely examine case-by-case examples on why these tactics worked well in an attempt to seek effective alternatives for solving HS problems facing the United States. An important weapon for deterring terrorism and responding to crisis situations, Comparative Homeland Security:

  • Covers strategies and tactics to combat terrorism from a number of the world's democracies including, but not limited to, Great Britain, Israel, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, and Italy

  • Topics are organized topically rather than by country, which allows the practitioner to easily compare and potentially integrate the concepts presented into practice

  • Includes discussion of national strategies, civil liberties issues, border security and immigration, and emergency response

While there is a marked tendency to view the challenges facing the United States as unique, many countries have extensive HS policies and procedures. Understanding their policy approaches and incorporating some of them to reflect American laws, institutions, and even, in some cases, cultural sensibilities, can significantly enhance HS policymaking—and aid in protecting the safety of all Americans.

About the Author

NADAV MORAG is a faculty member at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS), US Naval Postgraduate School. At CHDS he teaches courses on policy analysis and research methodology as well as a course entitled "Comparative Government for Homeland Security." He has authored articles on terrorism, strategy, and the Middle East, including "The Economic and Social Effects of Intensive Terrorism: Israel 2000-2004" (Middle East Review of International Affairs) and "Measuring Success in Coping with Terrorism: The Israeli Case" (Studies in Conflict and Terrorism). He previously served as a senior director at Israel's National Security Council where he was responsible for developing policy recommendations in areas of national security for the prime minister and the cabinet.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470497149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470497142
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,352,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable Gap-Filler in Homeland Security Literature December 25, 2011
Homeland security has been ill-defined, misconstrued, conflated, and confounded, all the more easily for its susceptibility to taking on the appearance of whatever background any exponent elects to use on this slippery chameleon. Until now, that is. John Le Carré once observed that, for an intelligence officer, nothing exists without a context. Such a context is precisely the missing element that Nadav Morag supplies the reader of Comparative Homeland Security: Global Lessons. This work is invaluable to any serious practitioner likely to one day face a policy maker asking the question, "Why can't we do in America what they do in______?" Why not introduce an American equivalent of Britain's MI5, for example? Why not adapt the French system of having special prosecutors who make entire careers in counter-terrorism?

Dr. Morag, proves a first-rate, analytical teacher in giving the reader the means to answer just such questions, whether the country in the blank is Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, or Australia. Resisting the temptation to serve up easy answers, Morag gives the reader details and examples and context to enable arriving at one's own answer depending on the circumstances. Thus, the book follows a logical order of exposition, beginning with drawing comparative distinctions among select countries to illustrate how their laws and institutions affect the range of feasible options for defending against terrorist attack. The author reveals how counterterrorism strategy aligns along a continuum, ranging from a law-enforcement to a war-fighting approach (p. 63) where the larger situation dictates which approach is most likely to emerge or avail. Similarly, some countries find it useful to go to great lengths to categorize and define terrorism (pp.
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I like this book for the simple way it addresses the differences between the US and many other countries including the UK, Germany, Japan, Australia, Israel and others. The author lays out the geo-political landscape for each of these countries and then looks at the way each country attacks the problem of terrorism and homeland security while drawing comparisons to the US. This is a very good book to have for those college students taking a comparative government class. It won't give you everything you need, but it will be a solid starting point.
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