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Business Confronts Terrorism
Risks and Responses
Dean C. Alexander

"Terrorism is a daily threat to our core existence and has permanently changed the way we conduct our business and live our lives. Dean Alexander has addressed these unsettling issues in a riveting and thoughtful manner enabling the business leader a heightened perspective in guiding his company's future in light of the uncertainty in which we live. Alexander's book is a must-read for corporate America as we all enter into a new, unknown, and fragile business environment where terrorism can have such an incredible effect on a company's performance."
—Tom Smith, President TASER International

In the aftermath of September 11, the daily barrage of predictions of incipient terrorist attacks against business targets—nuclear power and chemical plants, shopping malls, financial institutions, tourist attractions—has accelerated the need to understand the impact of terrorism on business.

The business community—personnel, facilities, and operations—constitute a prime target of contemporary terrorism. This timely book analyzes the threats facing U.S. business due to terrorism, industry responses to these dangers, and terrorism's effects on conducting business in the post-9/11 environment. Dean C. Alexander details the conventional and unconventional terrorist capabilities facing U.S. industry. He describes the activities of terrorists in the economic system, the ways they finance their operations, and the negative financial and economic consequences of terrorism. He discusses how companies can reduce terrorist threats and that corporate security can minimize political violence.

Alexander also delineates terrorism's effects—financial, physical, and emotional—on workers and employers. He outlines the dynamics of the public-private partnership against terrorism: business supporting government, government aiding industry, and tension between the two. He discusses the impact of terrorism on traditional business practices and concludes with an assessment of future trends.

Dean C. Alexander has broad experience with legal, business, and political risk issues. He has been an executive and in-house counsel for companies based in Chile, England, and Israel. He served as executive director of the NAFTA Research Institute and a consultant to the World Bank, the Organization of American States, and the U.S. State Department. His books include Terrorism and Business: the Impact of September 11, 2001.

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The cover of Business Confronts Terrorism is an orange-red close up of flames.

August 2004
LC: 2004012635 HV
246 pp.   6 x 9

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ISBN 978-0-299-18930-3
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