Attacking the Leader, Missing the Mark: Why Terrorist Groups Survive Decapitation Strikes

@article{Jordan2014AttackingTL,
  title={Attacking the Leader, Missing the Mark: Why Terrorist Groups Survive Decapitation Strikes},
  author={J. Jordan},
  journal={International Security},
  year={2014},
  volume={38},
  pages={7-38}
}
  • J. Jordan
  • Published 2014
  • Political Science
  • International Security
  • Leadership targeting has become a key feature of counterterrorism policy. Both academics and policymakers have argued that the removal of leaders is an effective strategy in combating terrorism. Leadership decapitation is not always successful, however, and existing empirical work does not account for this variability. A theory of organizational resilience explains why decapitation results in the decline of some terrorist organizations and the survival of others. Organizational resilience is… CONTINUE READING
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