Incubators of Terror: Do Failed and Failing States Promote Transnational Terrorism?

  title={Incubators of Terror: Do Failed and Failing States Promote Transnational Terrorism?},
  author={James A. Piazza},
  journal={Transnational Terrorism},
  • James A. Piazza
  • Published 1 September 2008
  • Political Science
  • Transnational Terrorism
A growing body of scholars and policymakers have raised concerns that failed and failing states pose a danger to international security because they produce conditions under which transnational terrorist groups can thrive. This study devises an empirical test of this proposition, along with counter-theories, using simple descriptive statistics and a timeseries, cross-national negative binomial analysis of 197 countries from 1973 to 2003. It finds that states plagued by chronic state failures… 

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