CALLE, Luis de la, FOLEY, Frank and SÁNCHEZ-CUENCA, Ignacio (2011): «The Importance of Territory: Probing the Nature and Effectiveness of Terrorism», Juan March Institute Manuscript.
Is terrorism an effective method for achieving political goals? And why do scholars provide such different answers to this question? This article shows that the current debate on the effectiveness of terrorism turns on a definitional disagreement. It makes the case for a conceptualisation focused on terrorist groups’ clandestine nature and inability to control territory. Three quantitative analyses are then performed which show the political ineffectiveness of terrorist groups relative to guerrilla organisations. Our analysis indicates that the main variable accounting for violent group success is control over territory, and not target selection as previous research has suggested. This finding raises some hypotheses for further research concerning the effects of western military intervention or support for local military action against violent sub-state groups.
Luis de la Calle. Página del autor en Dialnet.
Ignacio Sánchez-Cuenca. Página del autor en Dialnet.
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