The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism

  title={The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism},
  author={Robert A. Pape},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={343 - 361}
  • R. Pape
  • Published 2003
  • Sociology
  • American Political Science Review
Suicide terrorism is rising around the world, but the most common explanations do not help us understand why. Religious fanaticism does not explain why the world leader in suicide terrorism is the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, a group that adheres to a Marxist/Leninist ideology, while existing psychological explanations have been contradicted by the widening range of socio-economic backgrounds of suicide terrorists. To advance our understanding of this growing phenomenon, this study collects the… Expand
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