Poli Sci Notes 12-3 - Adam Caplan 12/3/07 Poli Sci Notes...

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Adam Caplan 12/3/07 Poli Sci Notes Terrorism and International Relations o Problems for IR Theory Realism: States o Problems for models assuming rational individuals Suicide bombers o Insight: Thomas Schelling: “The rationality of irrationality” Terrorist Group Goals o Destructive Terrorism: Coerce Opponents Territorial concessions Release of prisoners Other policy changes o Demonstrative Terrorism: Gain supporters Increase recruitment Raise money Secure personal positions o Issues of identity? How do terrorists achieve these goals? o Coercive: Engage in activities that harm/threaten to harm governments Must determine what a government values Failed attacks can be effective o Domestic support: Select targets/activities that are important to supporters Often these are symbolic targets Country selection Individual Terrorists: Greed vs. Grievance o Terrorist organizations can consist of thousands of members o Why do people join these groups Greed: These organizations are forms of employment/stream of benefits
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Poli Sci Notes 12-3 - Adam Caplan 12/3/07 Poli Sci Notes...

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