When Heads Roll: Assessing the Effectiveness of Leadership Decapitation

  title={When Heads Roll: Assessing the Effectiveness of Leadership Decapitation},
  author={J. Jordan},
  journal={Security Studies},
  pages={719 - 755}
  • J. Jordan
  • Published 2009
  • Political Science
  • Security Studies
  • Leadership targeting has become a key feature of current counterterrorism policies. Both academics and policy makers have argued that the removal of leaders is an effective strategy in combating terrorism. However, leadership decapitation is not always successful, and existing empirical work is insufficient to account for this variability. As a result, this project answers three primary questions: (1) Under what conditions does leadership decapitation result in the dissolution of a terrorist… CONTINUE READING
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