How Terrorist Groups End: Lessons for Countering Al Qa'ida

How Terrorist Groups End: Lessons for Countering Al Qa'ida

by Seth G. Jones, Martin C. Libicki

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Overview

All terrorist groups eventually end. But how? Most modern groups have ended because they joined the political process or local police and intelligence agencies arrested or killed key members. This has significant implications for dealing with al Qa1ida and suggests fundamentally rethinking post-9/11 U.S. counterterrorism strategy: Policing and intelligence, not military force, should form the backbone of U.S. efforts against al Qa1ida.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780833044655
Publisher: RAND Corporation
Publication date: 07/25/2008
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Seth G. Jones (PhD, Political Science, University of Chicago) is a senior researcher at RAND. Areas of expertise include the Middle East, Arab-Israeli peace process, and European security.

Table of Contents

About the Authors iii

Preface v

Figures ix

Tables xi

Summary xiii

Acknowledgments xix

Abbreviations xxi

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Chapter 2 How Terrorist Groups End 9

Chapter 3 Policing and Japan's Aum Shinrikyo 45

Chapter 4 Politics and the FMLN in El Salvador 63

Chapter 5 Military Force and al Qa'ida in Iraq 83

Chapter 6 The Limits of America's al Qa'ida Strategy 103

Chapter 7 Ending the "War" on Terrorism 121

Appendixes

A End-of-Terror Data Set 141

B Al Qa'ida Attacks, 1994-2007 187

C Regression Analysis 197

References 201

Index 223

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