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International Cooperation, Not Unilateral Policies, may be the Best Counterterrorist Strategy

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Using newly available data from the Global Terrorism Database that includes both domestic and transnational terrorist attacks, we examine 16,916 attacks attributed to these groups between 1970 and 2004. We find that just over three percent of attacks by these designated anti-U.S. groups were actually directed at the United States; over 90 percent of the non-U.S. attacks were domestic (nationals from one country attacking targets of the same nationality in the same country). Our results underscore the importance of proximity for terrorist targeting. Terrorists, like ordinary criminals, are likely to choose targets close to their operational base. However, when attacks do occur over a longer distance, they are also more deadly. About half of the terrorist organizations studied here exhibit wave-like boom and bust attack trajectories. Given that the vast majority of attacks by groups identified as threats by the American government are in fact aimed at non-U.S. domestic targets, the United States should pursue efforts to strengthen the capacity of local governments to combat terrorism and to communicate to them our understanding that groups that are anti-U.S. are also a threat to them.

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LaFree, Gary. and Yang, Sue Ming. "International Cooperation, Not Unilateral Policies, may be the Best Counterterrorist Strategy" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA, Nov 03, 2009 <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p372217_index.html>

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LaFree, G. and Yang, S. , 2009-11-03 "International Cooperation, Not Unilateral Policies, may be the Best Counterterrorist Strategy" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA Online <PDF>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p372217_index.html

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Abstract: Using newly available data from the Global Terrorism Database that includes both domestic and transnational terrorist attacks, we examine 16,916 attacks attributed to these groups between 1970 and 2004. We find that just over three percent of attacks by these designated anti-U.S. groups were actually directed at the United States; over 90 percent of the non-U.S. attacks were domestic (nationals from one country attacking targets of the same nationality in the same country). Our results underscore the importance of proximity for terrorist targeting. Terrorists, like ordinary criminals, are likely to choose targets close to their operational base. However, when attacks do occur over a longer distance, they are also more deadly. About half of the terrorist organizations studied here exhibit wave-like boom and bust attack trajectories. Given that the vast majority of attacks by groups identified as threats by the American government are in fact aimed at non-U.S. domestic targets, the United States should pursue efforts to strengthen the capacity of local governments to combat terrorism and to communicate to them our understanding that groups that are anti-U.S. are also a threat to them.


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