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Suicide Terrorism and the Weakest Link

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

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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