Does terrorism work? The debates, problems, and a framework for future research

Revista CIDOB d'Afers Internacionals_112
Publication date: 04/2016
Richard English, profesor de la Cátedra Wardlaw de Ciencias Políticas, School of International Relations, y director del Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV)
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For both intellectual and practical reasons, the question “Does terrorism work?” is vital. And yet it has largely been eclipsed by other debates within the scholarly literature on terrorism. This article considers some of the recent contributions to the emerging discussion of the question. It then outlines some of the problems inherent in the academic debate that has taken place thus far on the subject, and sketches a framework for making future scholarship in this area more inclusive, systematic and dialogically fruitful than it has been to date.

Key words: terrorism, effectiveness, academic research, debate

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