POL101 Counter-insurgency & Counter-terrorism

POL101 Counter-insurgency & Counter-terrorism - POL 101...

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Unformatted text preview: POL 101 10/25/11 Counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency Transnational terrorist networks US Code definition of “terrorism”: premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine ( secret ) agents, usually intended to influence an audience Terrorism is an extreme form of asymmetrical warfare (unequal military capabilities) Terrorist networks are often small, in constant need of resources, poorly armed, sometimes turn to criminal activities to gain initial funding Terrorist networks versus other organizational forms Terrorism <= Political weakness <= Extremism Negotiating with terrorists Impossible if we use the bargaining model (instead of State B we have a terrorist actor): • Incomplete information • Commitment problems • [Sometimes] Issue indivisibility Terrorist Strategies Coerce policy change Provoke the government into a disproportionate response that alienates the local population Spoil a potential negotiation by showing that the government is not in control Outbidding each other as the most dominant terrorist group Terrorist Strategies...
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This note was uploaded on 12/06/2011 for the course POL 101 taught by Professor Sekercioglu during the Fall '08 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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