Abrahms, Max. “Why Terrorism does not work.” International Security 31(2) (Fall 2006): pp. 42-78.

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Political Science
Ingrid L.Stefanovic

Max Abrahams Terrorist campaigns come in two varieties: strategic terrorism aims to coerce a government into changing its policies redemptive terrorism is intended solely to attain specific human or material resources such as prisoners or money Terrorisms effectiveness can be measured along two dimensions: combat effectiveness describes the level of damage inflicted by the coercing power strategic effectiveness refers to the extent to which the coercing power achieves its policy objectives. Terrorists: members of their societies who are the most optimistic about the usefulness of violence for achieving goals that many, and often most, support. Key variable for terrorist success was a tactical one: target selection. Groups whose attacks on civilian targets outnumbered attacks on military targets systematically failed to achieve their policy objectives. In the international mediation literature, limited objectives typically refer to demands over territory (and other natural resources); maximalist objectives, on the other hand, refer to demand
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