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Terrorist behavior in hostage taking: Policy issues and research directions


Work conducted on behaviour in terrorist hostage taking incidents is reviewed in order to highlight areas for future research. Both terrorist and hostage behaviour are highly structured and conform to predictable 'scripts' with role-rule consistencies. Areas where research has the potential to contribute to the peaceful resolution of hostage taking incidents are identified.​

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Wilson, Margaret. 2005. "Terrorist Behavior in Hostage Taking: Policy Issues and Research Directions." In Tangled Roots: Social and Psychological Factors in the Genesis of Terrorism, ed. Jeff Victoroff. Washington, DC: IOS Press, 235-241. https://ebooks.iospress.nl/publication/8531

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