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Improvised Explosive Devices

The Paradigmatic Weapon of New Wars

Authors: Revill, James

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  • Offers a security-focused assessment of the history and future of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and remote killings
  • Presents multiple case studies: the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan; the Irish Republican Army; Hezbollah; the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine; the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE); and the use of IEDs by state actors during both the Second World War and the Cold War
  • Primes readers with a comprehensive and accessible overview of the ethical questions surrounding this peace and conflict phenomenon
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This book begins with an account of the evolution of improvised explosive devices using a number of micro case studies to explore how and why actors have initiated IED campaigns; how new and old technologies and expertise have been exploited and how ethical barriers to IED development and deployment have been dealt with. It proceeds to bring the evidence from the case studies together to identify themes and trends in IED development, before looking at what can realistically be done to mitigate the threat of IEDs in the new wars of the twenty first century. The book suggests that the advance and availability of a combination of technological factors, in conjunction with changes in the nature of contemporary conflicts, have led to the emergence of IEDs as the paradigmatic weapons of new wars. However their prevalence in contemporary and future conflicts is not inevitable, but rather depends on the willingness of multiple sets of actors at different levels to build a web of preventative measures to mitigate – if not eradicate – IED development and deployment.     

About the authors

James Revill is Research Fellow with the Harvard Sussex Program, SPRU, University of Sussex, UK. Revill has worked as a consultant to the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research and completed research fellowships with the Landau Network Centro Volta in Italy and the Bradford Disarmament Research Centre in the UK. Revill’s research interests focus on interplay between science and security. 

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Improvised Explosive Devices
Book Subtitle
The Paradigmatic Weapon of New Wars
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-33834-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-33834-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-33833-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-81614-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 134
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