Author : Steve TSANG

Publishing House: Univers Enciclopedic, 2008

The book was written five years after September 11 2001, when the author believes a new era has begun. This era belonged to global terrorism, and the answer is known as "global war against terror". Two wars were started, as means to annihilate terrorism: the war in Afghanistan, marking a significant decrease of Al-Qaeda's capability to organize and control terrorist actions on global level and the war in Iraq, which proved inefficient in this respect.

The author believes that "the only way by which the democratic western world could be successful in this new challenge is by proving that modern and democratic lifestyle does not place the West or the democratic states in conflict with the Muslim world or with any other religion".

Knowledge and information, especially intelligence services, their way of working, should be adapted in order to meet the new requirements as much as possible, without breaking the rule of law and the human rights.

Starting from this premise, the author has succeeded to reunite a team of specialists, experienced in the field of intelligence, by using the Pluscarden Program for the Study of Global Terrorism and of Secret Services which was organized at St. Anthony College, Oxford University.

The conference that took place in December 2005 at St. Anthony College was supported by NATO and was officially declared NATO Advanced Research Seminar and this book is the outcome of the intellectual debates within this seminar.

One of the participants to this seminar was Ambassador George Maior (now the Director of Romanian Secret Service) who writes the book's foreword an interesting article called "The secret services and human rights in the era of global terrorism". He appreciates that "This book deals with the transformation of the secret services at the beginning of this century. In a logical sequence, the issue of redefining the mission of secret services is addressed first, and it is conditioned by a correct assessment of threats they have to deal with. The worst thing possible for a secret service is working with false threats or simply inventing them  and if threats are trans-national, the answer is obvious: the secret services have to go over national borders".

The book is divided into three parts, as follows:

- Part I - Identifying and correcting deficiencies;

- Part II - Broader political context;

- Part III - Towards new systems of intelligence.

Brian Stewart, former Secretary of the Joint Intelligence Committee in Great Britain appreciates: "This book is a fundamental reading for decision-makers and political strategists, for professionals in the secret services and for the ones in the academic environment".

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