What's Special about Female Suicide Terrorism?

  title={What's Special about Female Suicide Terrorism?},
  author={Lindsey A. O’Rourke},
  journal={Security Studies},
  pages={681 - 718}
  • Lindsey A. O’Rourke
  • Published 2009
  • Political Science
  • Security Studies
  • This study analyzes the interaction between the motivations of individual attackers and terrorist group strategies. To do so, I combine a quantitative analysis of all known suicide terrorist attacks between 1981 and July 2008 with a strategic account of why terrorist organizations employ female suicide terrorism (fst) and case studies of individual female attackers. I advance five central claims. First, I reveal the superior effectiveness of fst from the perspective of the groups that employ… CONTINUE READING


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