Terrorists' Target Selection

Hardcover | October 15, 1998

byC. J. M. Drake

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Terrorist violence can often seem both irrational and indiscriminate. This book is an attempt to describe why terrorists attack particular targets. Looking at terrorist groups from around the world, and over the past 100 years, it examines the nature of terrorism and the various factors which influence terrorists' target selection. In particular it looks at the influence of the ideologies, strategies and tactics of terrorist groups, and describes how these are restricted by the terrorists' resources, by security and anti-terrorist measures, and by society within which the terrorists operate. The book also shows how target selection can be affected by the nature of the terrorists themselves and by their supporters. Overall it concludes that apparently irrational and indiscriminate terrorist attacks are frequently the result of factors which are both explicable and logical.

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Terrorist violence can often seem both irrational and indiscriminate. This book is an attempt to describe why terrorists attack particular targets. Looking at terrorist groups from around the world, and over the past 100 years, it examines the nature of terrorism and the various factors which influence terrorists' target selection. In ...

C.J.M. Drake has a B.A. in Politics from the University of Lancaster and a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of St. Andrews.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.02 × 7.6 × 0.94 inPublished:October 15, 1998Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:031221197X

ISBN - 13:9780312211974

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments * Abbreviations * Introduction * Terrorist Typologies * Ideology * Strategy * Tactics * Capabilities * Target Protection * The Security Environment * External Factors * Decision-making * Target Selection * Bibliography * Index