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Terrorist Decision Making in the Context of Risk, Attack Planning, and Attack Commission

Gill, Paul; Marchment, Zoe; Corner, Emily; Bouhana, Noemie

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Terrorists from a wide array of ideological influences and organizational structures consider security and risk on a continuous and rational basis. The rationality of terrorism has been long noted of course but studies tended to focus on organizational reasoning behind the strategic turn toward violence. A more recent shift within the literature has examined rational behaviors that underpin the actual tactical commission of a terrorist offense. This article is interested in answering the...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorGill, Paul
dc.contributor.authorMarchment, Zoe
dc.contributor.authorCorner, Emily
dc.contributor.authorBouhana, Noemie
dc.date.accessioned2020-07-15T03:23:06Z
dc.date.available2020-07-15T03:23:06Z
dc.identifier.issn1057-610X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/206198
dc.description.abstractTerrorists from a wide array of ideological influences and organizational structures consider security and risk on a continuous and rational basis. The rationality of terrorism has been long noted of course but studies tended to focus on organizational reasoning behind the strategic turn toward violence. A more recent shift within the literature has examined rational behaviors that underpin the actual tactical commission of a terrorist offense. This article is interested in answering the following questions: What does the cost - benefit decision look like on a single operation? What does the planning process look like? How do terrorists choose between discrete targets? What emotions are felt during the planning and operational phases? What environmental cues are utilized in the decision-making process? Fortunately, much insight is available from the wider criminological literature where studies often provide offender-oriented accounts of the crime commission process. We hypothesize similar factors take place in terrorist decision making and search for evidence within a body of terrorist autobiographies.
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work was funded by the Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (ESRC Award: ES/N009614/1).
dc.format.extent17 pages
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
dc.rights© 2018 Paul Gill, Zoe Marchment, Emily Corner and No emie Bouhana. Published with license by Taylor & Francis
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.sourceStudies in Conflict and Terrorism
dc.titleTerrorist Decision Making in the Context of Risk, Attack Planning, and Attack Commission
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume43
dcterms.dateAccepted2018-02-18
dc.date.issued2020
local.identifier.absfor160299 - Criminology not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.ariespublicationu6269649xPUB88
local.publisher.urlhttp://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/1057610X.asp
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationGill, Paul, University College London
local.contributor.affiliationMarchment, Zoe, University College London
local.contributor.affiliationCorner, Emily, College of Arts and Social Sciences, The Australian National University
local.contributor.affiliationBouhana, Noemie, University College London
local.identifier.essn1521-0731
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage145
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage160
local.identifier.doi10.1080/1057610X.2018.1445501
dc.date.updated2020-03-23T21:45:41Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85044477766
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
dc.rights.licenseThis is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/ by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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