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Author Libicki, Martin C.

Title Exploring terrorist targeting preferences / Martin C. Libicki, Peter Chalk, Melanie Sisson.

Publication Info. Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 2007.


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Description 1 online resource (xxii, 107 pages) : illustrations.
Series Rand Corporation monograph series
Rand Corporation monograph series.
Note "Prepared for the Department of Homeland Security."
"MG-483-DHS"--Page 4 of cover.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 95-107).
Summary Governments spend billions to protect against terrorism. Might it help to understand what al Qaeda would achieve with each specific attack? This book examines various hypotheses of terrorist targeting: is it (1) to coerce, (2) to damage economies, (3) to rally the faithful, or (4) a decision left to affiliates? This book analyzes past attacks, post hoc justifications, and expert opinion to weigh each hypothesis.
Note Print version record.
Contents Ch. 1. Introduction -- ch. 2. What drives al Qaeda's choice of targets? -- ch. 3. Hypothesis testing: quantitative and qualitative measures -- ch. 4. Hypothesis testing: Al Qaeda statements and expert observations -- ch. 5. Ramifications for al Qaeda attack planning the United States
Subject al-Qaida.
Terrorism -- United States -- Prevention.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- International Relations -- General.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Freedom & Security -- International Security.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Freedom & Security -- Terrorism.
Terrorism -- Prevention. (OCoLC)fst01148123
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
United States.
Added Author Chalk, Peter.
Sisson, Melanie.
United States. Department of Homeland Security.
Other Form: Print version: Libicki, Martin C. Exploring terrorist targeting preferences. Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 2007 083303913X 9780833039132 (DLC) 2006011784 (OCoLC)67345952
ISBN 9780833042484 (electronic bk.)
0833042483 (electronic bk.)
083303913X (paperback;) (alk. paper)
9780833039132 (paperback;) (alk. paper)
Report No. RAND/MG-483-DHS
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