Unexpected Late Night News: Osama Bin Laden Dead

I was surprised this evening when preparing to watch the late-night local CBS news to see a developing special report from the White House.

After learning from CBS that it was likely that Osama Bin Laden had been killed by US military forces, I switched to CNN for President Obama’s address. The President began by saying, “Good evening. Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.” You can read the full transcript of the speech here: Osama Bin Laden Dead | The White House.

Already, Facebook and Twitter are aflame with responses with widely divergent takes from congratulation to condemnation.

Now that this event has transpired, I wonder what tomorrow holds for the world?

CFP, Counterterrorism: From the Cold War to the War on Terror, Volumes I and II

I saw this call for contributors on H-Net yesterday. It is for a two volume series on Counterterrorism ranging from the Cold War to the present. If you’re interested in contributing, send an email to Dr. Shanty below.

We are looking for contributors (subject experts, professors, graduate students) for the 2-volume, illustrated, Counterterrorism: From the Cold War to the War on Terror, Volumes I and II to be published by ABC-CLIO in 2011. Comprehensive in scope and written by top scholars in the field, Counterterrorism: From the Cold War to the War on Terror will address counterterrorism from the days of the Cold War to the current global campaign.

Volume I consists of six chapters (sections). Section 1 is devoted largely to definitional issues and serves as a foundation for further discussion in subsequent sections on the 21st century terrorist threat. Section 2 addresses the evolution and effectiveness of select nation-state counterterrorism policy. Sections 3 and 4 address key issues which impact counterterrorism strategy and the post-9/11 global counterterrorism campaign respectively. Regional counterterrorism efforts and an agenda for future research are discussed in sections 5 and 6. Volume 2 provides a section containing articles on some of the world’s elite counterterrorism forces and a chronology of major global counterterrorism operations. Volume 2 also includes a compilation of national and international treaties, laws, conventions, agreements, and protocols which have been implemented in an attempt to counter this ongoing threat to public safety and international security. Volume 2 concludes with a glossary containing organizational and individual profiles and a comprehensive bibliography.

Articles will run between 3 and 10 manuscript pages (500-2000 words) in length, depending on the subject. A small honorarium will be paid and/or hard copies of the full encyclopedia set (depending on word count) will be offered. Additionally, each contributor will receive access to the e-book. Contributors may write more than one entry. Full authorial credit including name and affiliation will be cited on the contributor’s page. The deadline for submission is July 15, 2010 for articles containing 500-1500 words. Articles containing 2000 words have a deadline of August 15, 2010. These deadlines refer to total word counts. If an author wishes to contribute more than one entry the due dates will be determined by the above guidelines. Given the scope and present relevance of this project it is our desire to attract as many knowledgeable scholars as possible. With this in mind certain exceptions to the above will be made on a case-by-case basis.

If you are interested in contributing to this exciting and important project, we would be happy to email you a prospectus with a full description of the project, including a list of available entries. Contact us at: cobra141 [at] prodigy.net If you cannot contribute, perhaps you can forward names and email addresses of qualified individuals who might be interested to the above cited address, or forward this announcement to them. All writers selected for this project will need to provide a short CV and a writing sample

Frank Shanty, Ph.D.
General Editor
Counterterrorism: From the Cold War to the War on Terror
EMAIL: cobra141 [at] prodigy.net