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Suicide Terrorism and the Weakest Link

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  • Daniel G. Arce
  • Dan Kovenock J.
  • Brian Roberson

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In this paper we examine a model of terrorism which focuses on the tradeoffs facing a terrorist organization that has the ability to utilize either or both suicide and conventional terrorism tactics. The terrorist organization’s objective is to successfully attack at least one target. Success for the target government is defined as defending all targets from any and all attacks. In this context, we examine how terrorist entities strategically utilize suicide attacks when other modes of attack are available, and the optimal anti-terrorism measures.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 2753.

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Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_2753

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Keywords: conflict; suicide terrorism; weakest link; Colonel Blotto;

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  1. Michael Funke & Yu-Fu Chen, 2009. "Booms, Recessions and Financial Turmoil: A Fresh Look at Investment Decisions under Cyclical Uncertainty," Quantitative Macroeconomics Working Papers 20908, Hamburg University, Department of Economics.
  2. Raphael Bossong, 2011. "Public Good Theory and the 'Added Value' of the EU's Counterterrorism Policy," Economics of Security Working Paper Series 42, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.

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