The Dark Matter of Terrorism

  title={The Dark Matter of Terrorism},
  author={Dallas Boyd and James Scouras},
  journal={Studies in Conflict \& Terrorism},
  pages={1124 - 1139}
  • D. Boyd, J. Scouras
  • Published 17 November 2010
  • Political Science
  • Studies in Conflict & Terrorism
The consequences of states’ reactions to terrorist attacks can far outweigh the effects of the attacks themselves. Yet risk analysis, widely accepted as the proper analytical basis for assessing terrorist threats, largely ignores the consequences from potential reactions to attacks. It also generally fails to consider how the anticipation of these reactions may influence terrorists’ attack preferences. Policymakers should therefore be wary of the limitations of risk analysis as currently… Expand
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