Suicide Terrorism, Occupation, and the Globalization of Martyrdom: A Critique of Dying to Win

@article{Moghadam2006SuicideTO,
  title={Suicide Terrorism, Occupation, and the Globalization of Martyrdom: A Critique of Dying to Win},
  author={Assaf Moghadam},
  journal={Studies in Conflict \& Terrorism},
  year={2006},
  volume={29},
  pages={707 - 729}
}
  • A. Moghadam
  • Published 23 November 2006
  • Psychology
  • Studies in Conflict & Terrorism
This article offers a three-pronged critique of Robert A. Pape's book Dying to Win. The first section of the article highlights problems related to the book's definition of key concepts, its assessment of existing research on suicide terrorism, and its presentation of data. The next section challenges the book's argument that suicide attacks have a high success rate of 54 percent. The alternative analysis offered here arrives at a significantly lower success rate of 24 percent. The last section… 
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