Does Killing Terrorist Leaders Make Any Difference? Scholars Are Doubtful

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Jenna Jordan, assistant professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, was prominently cited concerning her work on terrorist organization decapitation in "Does Killing Terrorist Leaders Make Any Difference? Scholars are Doubtful" by The New York Times. 

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Just like any other bureaucracy, such groups have clearly delineated hierarchies, internal rules and divisions of responsibility. That clarity means it is easy to replace a leader with a deputy. It also makes the organization stable: If one cog falls out, the rest of the machine can still function. For a group as large and complex as the Islamic State, the infrastructure is simply too large for any one person, even a top leader, to make or break its future. This is why terrorism scholars have repeatedly concluded that killing or capturing terrorist leaders — a strategy known, colorfully, as “decapitation” — does not work.

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Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy (CISTP)

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counterterrorism, terrorism
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  • Created On: Aug 31, 2016 - 6:57am
  • Last Updated: Oct 7, 2016 - 10:28pm