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In June 2001 the National Academies and the Russian Academy of Sciences held a bilateral workshop in Moscow on terrorism in a high--technology society and modern methods to prevent and respond to it. The purpose of the workshop was to begin a dialogue on high--impact terrorism that could lead to further U.S.--Russian collaboration. This volume includes papers presented at the workshop by 31 Russian and American experts on various types of high-impact terrorism, including biological and agricultural terrorism, nuclear and electromagnetic terrorism, explosives, chemical, and technological terrorism, and cyber terrorism. The papers also address legal issues, Russian internal affairs, and the future of international cooperation in this area.


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National Research Council. 2002. High-Impact Terrorism: Proceedings of a Russian-American Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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294 pages | 6 x 9 | 

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Front Matter i-xiv
Opening Remarks 1-2
The Legal Basis for Counterterrorism Activities in the United States 3-15
Russian Legislation and the Struggle Against Terrorism 16-24
Russian Legislation and the Fight Against Terrorism 25-36
Organized Crime and Terrorism 37-52
International and Domestic Terrorism 53-60
The Role of Internal Affairs Agencies in Efforts to Fight Terrorism Under High-Technology Conditions 61-68
From the Experience of the Intelligence Services of the Russian Empire in Combating Terrorists 69-75
On Historical Experience in Combating Terrorism 76-82
Electromagnetic Terrorism 83-86
Molecular Epidemiology as a New Approach in Detecting Terrorist Use of Infectious Agents 87-101
Bioterrorism: Threat and Response 102-105
Bioterrorism: A View from the Side 106-114
Chemical Terrorism: Assessing Threats and Responses 115-134
Radiological Terrorism 135-148
Nuclear Terrorism 149-155
Could Terrorists Produce Low-Yield Nuclear Weapons? 156-159
Problems Preventing Acts of Nuclear and Radiological Terrorism 160-164
Selected Technologies and Procedures Intended to Restrict Unauthorized Access to Explosives 165-170
Terrorism: Explosives Threat 171-180
Computer Terrorism and Internet Security Issues 181-197
Preventing and Responding to Cybercrime and Terrorism: Some International Dimensions 198-206
Problems of Biological Security in Agriculture 207-218
Agricultural Bioterrorism 219-232
Terrorism in a High-Tech Society: Legal Aspects and Contemporary Methods of Preventing and Countering Terrorist Activity 233-244
Cooperation Among Ministries of Internal Affairs of CIS Member States in the Fight Against Terrorism and Other Manifestations of Extremism 245-249
International Centers as a Basis for Controlling Infectious Disease and Countering Bioterrorism 250-259
Terrorism Future: Tactics, Strategy, and Stealth 260-266
New Opportunities for Bilateral Cooperation 267-269
Concluding Statement 270-270
Appendix A: Goals of Russian Federal Program on Problems of Natural and Technological Security 271-274
Appendix B: Agenda for Workshop on Terrorism in a High-Tech Society and Modern Methods for Prevention and Response, June 4-8, 2001, Moscow, Russia 275-280

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