Do Terrorists Win? Rebels' Use of Terrorism and Civil War Outcomes

@article{Fortna2015DoTW,
  title={Do Terrorists Win? Rebels' Use of Terrorism and Civil War Outcomes},
  author={V. P. Fortna},
  journal={International Organization},
  year={2015},
  volume={69},
  pages={519 - 556}
}
  • V. P. Fortna
  • Published 2015
  • Sociology
  • International Organization
Abstract How effective is terrorism? This question has generated lively scholarly debate and is of obvious importance to policy-makers. However, most existing studies of terrorism are not well equipped to answer this question because they lack an appropriate comparison. This article compares the outcomes of civil wars to assess whether rebel groups that use terrorism fare better than those who eschew this tactic. I evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of terrorism relative to other tactics… Expand
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