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Chapter 19 – Is Terrorism Effective?

Diego Muro


The Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) at the University of St Andrews in Scotland is the oldest academic research centre for the study of terrorism in Europe. Although inter-disciplinary in its expertise, it has a particular concentration of scholars working on political science and international relations.


The Global Terrorism Database (GTD) is the most comprehensive database of terrorist attacks in the world. It includes information of domestic and international terrorist attacks globally from 1970 to 2019, with more than 200,000 cases. It is freely available for non-commercial research purposes.


The Rand Corporation is a non-profit, non-partisan research organization based in the United States. RAND produces in-depth reports on a wide range of topics from public and foreign policy to terrorism and international security.


In this TED talk (10 June 2016), Max Abrahms discusses whether terrorist groups have actually managed to extract political concessions from the states they target.

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