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How Fighting Ends: Asymmetric Wars, Terrorism, and Suicide Bombing

Audrey Kurth Cronin

in How Fighting Ends

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199693627
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741258 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693627.003.0028
How Fighting Ends: Asymmetric Wars, Terrorism, and Suicide Bombing

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In campaigns involving suicide terrorism, individual operatives and parent societies can rarely ‘surrender’ in the conventional wartime sense; however, terrorist organizations sometimes terminate their campaigns. The reasons why they do so are widely misunderstood. This overview begins with the Assassins and moves through the history of suicide terrorism. It explains the surprising findings of research done on hundreds of modern groups, with case studies on the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict examined in greater depth. The conclusion discusses the unique challenges, especially for democracies, of compelling groups that use suicide terrorism to end their operations and surrender.

Keywords: suicide; terrorists; negotiations; assassins; Hezbollah; Tamil Tigers; Israeli-Palestinian

Chapter.  11403 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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