Naval War College Review


Audrey Kurth Cronin’s engaging and enlightening book examines how ter- rorist movements come to an end, fo- cusing almost exclusively on terrorist organizations over the last half-century. She offers six pathways by which terror- ist groups end: decapitation, negotia- tion, success, failure, repression, and reorientation. One of the book’s strengths is that it captures the full spectrum of possible outcomes for terrorist organizations and explains why particular campaigns did or did not end. The organization of the book is laudable—by looking in each chapter at tactics and strategies for ending terrorism, rather than simply marching through case studies, one is able to examine more soberly specific strategic approaches to counter- terrorism and their effects. In this re- gard, this book will be very useful for policy makers and counterterrorism practitioners.