Chess & Terrorism

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The chess master’s game A model for incorporating local police agencies in the Fght against global terrorism Paul E. O’Connell Iona College, New Rochelle, New York, USA Abstract Purpose – The aim of this paper is to review chess as a model for incorporating local police agencies in the Fght against global terrorism. Design/methodology/approach – The paper examines the literature concerning the nature of terrorist organizations, as well as recent literature that suggests that new methods are required to design a broad protective network with a common purpose. ±indings – The paper suggests that, rather than merely relying upon the development of new technologies, greater emphasis should be placed on overcoming the social and structural barriers to complete interoperability. Practical implications – Practitioners should thoughtfully consider this paper and work to alleviate or minimize those barriers and impediments to complete interoperability. Originality/value – This paper will beneFt both students and practitioners of counter terrorism, insofar as it deFnes the proper role of local police agencies and reinforces the need for a common understanding and a united effort to protect society. Keywords Indoor games, Police, Terrorism, Strategic planning Paper type Literature review Chess is a fascinating game. It consists of a clearly deFned opening, a middle and end game. At the very outset of the contest, your opponent is clearly identiFed, the playing Feld is level and his intentions are quite clear. Before the Frst move, all options are available to both him and you and, theoretically, either side has an equal opportunity to defeat his enemy. There is also a middle game that is played, where the consequences of earlier moves become more apparent. Options become limited at this point in the contest, but even a severely weakened opponent has the ability to pose a signiFcant threat and perhaps carry the day. The outcome is still very much uncertain at this point. In the end game, however, the story draws to its natural conclusion. Options are gone, the enemy is on the run, and the pursuer recognizes that it is only a matter of time before his prey is subdued. Chess has been used as an explanatory framework for understanding business management theory and practice in the West (Hoffjan, 2002). ±or example, economic markets are, at their core, essentially competitive and aggressive. Markets also mature from an early stage where every player or competitor has an equal opportunity to succeed and defeat his competitors, to a middle- and end-stage where the winners and losers are more clearly deFned. Both economists and chess masters are adept at identifying the various stages of the overall competition and make their strategic choices accordingly. The current issue and full text archive of this journal is available at
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