Book by counterterrorism expert explores ‘Homegrown Violent Extremism’
Erroll Southers’ book is one of five new titles published by Elsevier on international and domestic security
By Michelle McMahon Posted on 8 October 2013
[caption align="alignright"]Erroll G. Southers, PhD[/caption]Dr. Erroll Southers is known to Elsevier Connect readers for an editorial he wrote the day after the Boston Marathon bombings. Calling the attack a "game-changer," he explained the concept of "homegrown violent extremism" and said Americans need to change their concept of terrorism:
There is a tendency to assume all terrorists harbor the same extremist beliefs, that all fall under the same hateful umbrella of anti-American jihad. We take solace in the notion of "otherism" — that attackers could never include our own people. Yet, it is dangerously shortsighted to view terrorism only as a foreign phenomenon that occasionally sneaks across US borders. Indeed, the growing threat of extremist violence is developing in all corners of the world, including the United States. This homegrown violent extremism is identical to any foreign-borne terrorist group, save one critical difference: the actors are American, born and raised.
His article piqued the interest of US Congressman Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, who invited him to testify before the Congressional Committee on Homeland Security. Dr. Southers' testimonial – and the challenge that ensured – was also covered in Elsevier Connect in an article titled "Counterterrorism expert on testifying before Congress on the Boston bombings."
Now, Elsevier has published a book by Dr. Southers titled Homegrown Violent Extremism.
Homegrown Violent Extremism, published under the Anderson Publishing imprint, challenges how Americans think about terrorism, recruitment and the homegrown threat. Southers examines post-9/11 homegrown violent extremism, including what it is, the conditions that enable its existence, and approaches that can reduce the risk. He also discusses how violent extremists exploit vulnerabilities in communities and offers approaches to put security theory into practice. It is valuable information for communities, security practitioners and policymakers.
Dr. Southers is an internationally recognized counterterrorism and public safety expert. He was appointed to the California Governor's Office of Homeland Security. He was also Chief of Homeland Security and Intelligence at Los Angeles International Airport and an FBI special agent. Southers is currently Associate Director of Research Transition for the Department of Homeland Security National Center for Risk & Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) and an adjunct professor at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. In addition, he is the Managing Director of Counter-Terrorism and Infrastructure Protection for TAL Global Corporation.
Dr. Erroll Southers in Elsevier Connect
- Counterterrorism expert: 'Boston Marathon bombing is a game changer' (By Erroll G. Southers, April 16, 2013)
- Counterterrorism expert on testifying before Congress on the Boston bombings (By Alison Bert, May 13, 2013)
New books on international and domestic security
[caption align="alignright"]Read an essay by Maryam Jamshidi, author of The Future of the Arab Spring, in Elsevier Connect: "Hope for Egypt's future lies at the grassroots."[/caption]Elsevier recently published the following book titles under the Butterworth-Heinemann imprint:
- The Future of the Arab Spring: Civic Entrepreneurship in Politics, Art, and Technology Startups by Maryam Jamshidi
- Practical Aviation Security: Predicting and Preventing Future Threats by Jeffrey Price and Jeffrey Forrest
- Security Science: The Theory and Practice of Security by Clifton Smith and David Brooks
- Strategic Intelligence Management: National Security Imperatives and Information and Communications Technologies by Babak Akhgar and Simeon Yates
[caption align="alignright"]Michelle McMahon[/caption]Michelle McMahon is the Publicity Manager for the Science and Technology Books group at Elsevier (
@SciTechBookNews). She is based in Waltham, Massachusetts.