What Really Motivates Transnational Suicide Terrorists

in Cutting the Fuse

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780226645605
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226645643 | DOI:
What Really Motivates Transnational Suicide Terrorists

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This chapter analyzes the phenomenon of transnational suicide terrorism. It explains that transnational suicide terrorism, a rare phenomenon largely associated with the progressive radicalization of specific types of groups of individuals with multiple national loyalties under extremely unusual circumstances, has important implications. The chapter suggests that transnational suicide terrorists are individuals with colliding communal loyalties, one for a kindred community and another for their home country of citizenship. It also suggests that the group logic of transnational suicide terrorism is not a one-way process in which everyone who enters one stage necessarily goes forward to the next, but instead is an open-ended process with many off-ramps and two-way avenues.

Keywords: transnational suicide terrorism; progressive radicalization; multiple national loyalties; communal loyalties; group logic

Chapter.  15617 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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