More than smart bombs: the ingroup value of suicide terrorism. Clark McCauley Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict [email protected] Data and slide from Scott Atran, U Michigan. Data and slide from Scott Atran, U Michigan. Understanding suicide terrorism.
Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict
Terrorism as political coercion
“The main reason that suicide terrorism is growing is that terrorists have learned that it works” (p61).
Nb. Group level of analysis, strategic
1983 Hezbolloh U.S/France out Lebanon +
1983-85 Hezbollah Israel out Lebanon +
1985-86 Hezbollah Israel out Lebanon strip
1990-94 LTTE negotiations +
1995-2000 LTTE no change
1994-95 Hamas Israel partial out Gaza +
1994-95 Hamas Israel partial out WB +
TOTAL 7/13 SUCCESSFUL [more or less]
Beyond the coercive power of smart bombs
The value of suicide terrorism to the terrorists goes beyond cheap damage to the state and the coercion value of this damage.
McCauley, C. (2005). The politics of terrorism (Review of Robert Pape’s Dying to Win and Maya Bloom’s Dying to Kill). Middle East Journal, 59(4), Autumn, pp. 663-666.