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Terror

  • Ronald A. Francisco
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Abstract

We posit at the outset that terror groups are selfish, violent, and mostly hurt civilians instead of the people they truly oppose. William R. Polk contends that terror is the beginning of insurgency in history (Polk 2007). Terror is even used to disrupt and change electoral outcomes, as we saw in Afghanistan in 2009 (see also Berrebi (2006)). In Chap.  2 we covered clandestine mobilization, that is, the way terror groups mobilize. Chapter  4 examined the spatial needs of terrorists, which it turns out are extremely small. So we focus on rational and utilitarian topics in this chapter: (1) why terror groups form, (2) what these groups need to sustain themselves, and more importantly, (3) can they be eradicated by state forces?

Keywords

Organize Crime Terror Attack Safe House Terror Group Terror Action 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dept. Political ScienceUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA

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