Suicide Terrorism and the Weakest Link
Daniel G. Arce
University of Texas at Dallas - Department of Economics & Finance
Chapman University - Economic Science Institute; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)
Purdue University - Department of Economics
CESifo Working Paper Series No. 2753
In this paper we examine a model of terrorism which focuses on the tradeoffs facing a terrorist organization that has the ability to utilize either or both suicide and conventional terrorism tactics. The terrorist organization’s objective is to successfully attack at least one target. Success for the target government is defined as defending all targets from any and all attacks. In this context, we examine how terrorist entities strategically utilize suicide attacks when other modes of attack are available, and the optimal anti-terrorism measures.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 32
Keywords: conflict, suicide terrorism, weakest link, Colonel Blotto
JEL Classification: C70, D74
Date posted: August 23, 2009
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