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The Strategic Logic of Terrorism


The Strategic Logic of Terrorism

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This chapter examines the ways in which terrorism can be understood as an expression of political strategy. It attempts to show that terrorism may follow logical processes that can be discovered and explained. For the purpose of presenting this source of terrorist behavior, rather than the psychological one, it interprets the resort to violence as a willful choice made by an organization for political and strategic reasons, rather than as the unintended outcome of psychological or social factors.

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Crenshaw, Martha. 2017. "The Strategic Logic of Terrorism." In Conflict After the Cold War: Arguments on Causes of War and Peace, ed. Richard K. Betts, 448-461. New York: Routledge. https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=lang_en&id=rCUlDwAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PA436&dq=%22martha+crenshaw%22&ots=ZVBS_2ZLH7&sig=wwKuWh8SFaYiBzrkmTIPS9qnbVA#v=onepage&q&f=false

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Martha Crenshaw
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