Institute for the Study of Asymmetric Conflict

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October 14, 2013
Rational Choice Deterrence and Israeli Counter-Terrorism

Deterrence is the “holy grail” of counter-terrorism: a strategy that offers the promise of reducing or eliminating terror attacks at minimal cost. Israel’s experience has shown, however, that while many tactics have been promoted as deterrents, very few have actually worked. As claimed deterrence can be used to justify retributive policies that are unjust or simply unwise, it is important to apply careful thought before implementing such policies.

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By Don Radlauer
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May 8, 2012
Assad's Success Could Lead to Alliance With Gulf States

Assad is more likely to seek allies among other Middle Easter states rather than risk regime change. In fact, the contours of a new Damascus -- Gulf alliance may already be emerging.

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By Micah Levinson
Tags: Assad, Arab Spring, Syria
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November 17, 2010
The Global Jihad as Cult

It has been noted that terrorist groups likely to employ extreme measures to create mass casualties, such as weapons of mass destruction, are those that fit the profile of the apocalyptic religious cult. The Global Jihad network is a kind of hybrid terrorist entity which combines elements of the apocalyptic cult with the strategy and tactics of the traditional “leaderless resistance.”

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By Yael Shahar
Tags: Global Jihad, al-Qaida
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November 17, 2010
Fully Committed

A motivational analysis of suicidal terrorism is outlined, anchored in the notion of significance quest. It is suggested that heterogeneous factors identified as personal causes of suicidal terrorism (e.g. trauma, humiliation, social exclusion), the various ideological reasons assumed to justify it (e.g. liberation from foreign occupation, defense of one’s nation or religion), and the social pressures brought upon candidates for suicidal terrorism may be profitably subsumed within an integrative framework that explains diverse instances of suicidal terrorism as attempts at significance restoration, significance gain, and prevention of significance loss. Research and policy implications of the present analysis are considered.

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By Arie W. Kruglanski
Tags: suicide bombers
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