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Investigating the Calculated Elimination of Removable Enemies: The Puzzle of Terrorism Decapitation Research
Investigating the Calculated Elimination of Removable Enemies: The Puzzle of Terrorism Decapitation Research

Author(s): Péter Marton
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Polski Instytut Spraw Międzynarodowych
Keywords: terrorism

Summary/Abstract: To claim that calculated actors (i.e., the counter-terrorist decision-makers), interested as they are in securing the indirect goal of political stability, will kill (or capture) terrorist leaders when they are in a position to do so, and with good results in terms of terrorist group mortality, may be a double tautology. This is presented as the puzzle of terrorism decapitation research: the paradox of doubts about the utility of something that may be seen as guaranteed to work.

  • Issue Year: 22/2013
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 63-72
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: English