Why Terrorism Does Not Work

  title={Why Terrorism Does Not Work},
  author={Max Abrahms},
  journal={International Security},
  • Max Abrahms
  • Published 2006
  • Political Science
  • International Security
This is the first article to analyze a large sample of terrorist groups in terms of their policy effectiveness. It includes every foreign terrorist organization (FTO) designated by the U.S. Department of State since 2001. The key variable for FTO success is a tactical one: target selection. Terrorist groups whose attacks on civilian targets outnumber attacks on military targets do not tend to achieve their policy objectives, regardless of their nature. Contrary to the prevailing view that… Expand
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