April 4, 2008

Book Review - Ungoverned Territories

Ungoverned Territories: Understanding and Reducing Terrorism Risks
Angel Rabasa, Steven Boraz, Peter Chalk, Kim Cragin, Theodore W. Karasik, Jennifer D.P. Moroney, Kevin A. O'Brien, and Jon E. Peters
HV 6431 .U45 2007

Since the end of the Cold War, the number of ungoverned states or territories within politically unstable states has been increasing. On and since 9/11, we have seen firsthand how these ungoverned locations can serve as safe harbor for enemies of the United States and its allies. This study seeks to understand these ungoverned places. Based on eight case studies, this research team uncovered common characteristics of ungoverned territories. They analyze these territories to determine what factors make them appealing as safe harbors for terrorists. Finally, these places are assessed as potential security risks for the United States, particularly for the Department of Defense, and policy toward each locale is recommended. This is a fascinating and timely study worth the attention of anyone who works on terrorism or security issues.