What Makes Terrorists Tick
Author(s)Staniland, Paul Stephen; Chenoweth, Erica; Miller, Nicholas LeSuer; McClellan, Elizabeth; Frisch, Hillel; Abrahms, Max; ... Show more Show less
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Max Abrahms’s article “What Terrorists Really Want: Terrorist Motives and Counterterrorism Strategy” is a welcome critique of the many points taken for granted by rational choice interpretations of terrorist group behavior.1 His systematic review of the observable implications of rational choice perspectives on terrorism reveals some of the important shortfalls in the current literature. Abrahms overreaches, however, in rejecting strategic models of terrorism without providing ample empirical evidence or qualifications to his claims.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Political Science
Chenoweth, Erica, et al. "Correspondence: What Makes Terrorists Tick” International Security, Vol.33, No.4 (Spring 2009) pp.180-202.
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