A New Conceptual Framework to Resolve Terrorism’s Root Causes

  • Joshua Sinai
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3495)


To effectively resolve the violent challenges presented by terrorist groups to the security and well-being of their state adversaries, it is crucial to develop an appropriate understanding of all the root causes underlying such conflicts because terrorist insurgencies do not emerge in a political, socio-economic, religious or even psychological vacuum. It could be argued, in fact, that the root causes underlying an insurgency are the initial components driving the terrorist life cycle (TLC) and the terrorist attack cycle (TAC). The TLC refers to why and how terrorist groups are formed, led and organized, the nature of their grievances, motivations, strategies and demands vis-a-vis their adversaries, and the linkages that terrorist groups form with their supporting constituency. These components of the TLC, in turn, affect the TAC—a group’s modus operandi, how they conduct the spectrum of operations, ranging from non-violent to violent activities, and their choice of weaponry and targeting.


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joshua Sinai
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  1. 1.ANSER (Analytic Services) 

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