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Transnational Terrorism

Patrick Stewart

in Weak Links

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199751501
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895366 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751501.003.0003
Transnational Terrorism

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Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, it has become commonplace to assert that weak states are ideal breeding grounds for transnational terrorism. This chapter reviews the evidence for the connection between state fragility and transnational terrorism, focusing on al-Qaeda and its affiliated organizations, which pose the most acute global terrorist threat. It concludes that the links between these two phenomena are more complex and contingent than conventional wisdom would have us believe.

Keywords: state weakness; state fragility; al-Qaeda; global terrorists

Chapter.  16064 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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