Publications by Christopher C. Harmon

Remembering 23 October

Publication Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The 23rd of October, which falls on a Wednesday this year, signals the 30th anniversary of one of the most significant dual-bombings in the history of low-intensity conflict.  Soldiers of France and the United States, dispatched to Lebanon to keep peace amidst its civil war, were destroyed in great numbers by vehicle bombs driven into their two residences.   {read more}

Anarchism & Fire in London: A Centenary

Publication Date: Thursday, December 16, 2010

In London, one hundred years ago, on the weekday morning of 3 January, citizens awoke amidst "The Siege of Sidney Street." Well-armed Anarchists tried to rob a jeweler, murdered police who responded, and then disappeared within the city. Located after two weeks in an apartment building, they were now surrounded by Metropolitan Police massed on scene. And Home Office Minister Winston Churchill replied favorably to a request for an Army platoon from the Tower of London to support the cops.  {read more}

Public diplomacy's next challenge

Publication Date: April 1, 2008

Noting that the measure of success enjoyed by US counterterrorism efforts hasn't been due to anything done by its public diplomacy activities, IWP Adjunct Professor and counterterror expert Christopher Harmon discusses the public diplomacy strategy the US must pursue in order to make further inroads upon terrorists.  Professor Harmon's essay draws upon numerous examples from terrorists around the world and offers a strategic look at the defensive and offensive use of words and images to sway public opinion and surpass al Qaeda in the global war of ideas.  To download Prof. Harmon's essay, please click here:  Harmon public diplomacy  {read more}

How al-Qaeda may end: History shows us how to win

Publication Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2004

There is no question that al-Qaeda can be beaten, and victory is possible even against the larger militant Moslem international. History can­not indicate how long this fight will be, but it does afford many examples of how to win.  {read more}

Terrorism: Policies, Strategies, Countermeasures

Pre-9/11 lecture at the National War College

Publication Date: January 16, 2001

This is the text of a lecture given January 16, 2001, at the Naval War College in Newport R.I. for the opening of a conference on the threat of chemical and biological weapons.  {read more}

Work in Common: Democracies and Opposition to Terrorism

Publication Date: July 2002

There is a corrosive effect on the democracy that does not meet its foreign or internal challenges from violent extremists.   This paper was delivered in 2002 at the Bangladesh Institute of International & Strategic Studies and the American Center, US Embassy, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Copyright (c) 2002 by BIISS Journal.  {read more}