Do Terrorists Win? Rebels' Use of Terrorism and Civil War Outcomes
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Publisher:Ohio State University. Mershon Center for International Security Studies
Series/Report no.:Mershon Center for International Security Studies. National Security Speaker Series
During her presentation, Fortna will examine the question, "How effective is terrorism?" This question has generated lively scholarly debate and is of obvious importance to policy makers. Most existing studies of terrorism are not well-equipped to answer this question as they lack an appropriate comparison. Fortna's paper compares the outcomes of civil wars to assess whether rebel groups that use terrorism fare better than those who eschew this tactic. She finds that while civil wars involving terrorism are harder to end than other wars, in those that do end, terrorist rebel groups fare no better, indeed they fare worse than non-terrorist groups. Terrorists do not win.
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