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Why Terrorists Overestimate the Odds of Victory

  title={Why Terrorists Overestimate the Odds of Victory},
  author={Max Abrahms and Karolina Lula},
  journal={Perspectives on terrorism},
Terrorism is puzzling behavior for political scientists. On one hand, terrorist attacks generally hail from the politically aggrieved. On the other hand, a growing body of scholarship finds the tactic politically counterproductive. Unlike guerrilla attacks on military targets, terrorist attacks on civilian targets lower the odds of governments making concessions. This article proposes and tests a psychological theory to account for why militant groups engage in terrorism, given the political… Expand

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