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Pape Terrorism

Pape Terrorism - The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism...

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The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism Robert A. Pape From 1980 to 2001 suicide terrorism has become more common despite a general decrease in terrorist episodes. This study, unlike other studies that focus on the individual motives, looks at all of the recorded acts of suicide terrorism from 1980 to 2001, “explains how terrorist organizations have assessed the effectiveness of these attacks, and evaluates the limits on their coercive utility.” Five principle findings of the article- 1. Suicide terrorism is strategic 2. The strategic logic of suicide terrorism is designed to coerce modern democracies to make significant concessions on national self-determination 3. During the past 20 years, suicide terrorism has been steadily rising because terrorists have learned that it pays 4. Although moderate suicide terrorism lead to moderate concessions, these more ambitions suicide terrorist campaigns are not likely to achieve still greater gains and may well fail completely.
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