Allying to Kill: Terrorist Intergroup Cooperation and the Consequences for Lethality
58 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2011 Last revised: 9 Mar 2012
Date Written: November 21, 2011
In contrast to the conventional wisdom that most terrorist groups act independently, we demonstrate that alliances between terrorist groups occur frequently and have a significant positive impact on the capabilities of those who forge links. Our evidence, drawn from both case studies and statistical analysis, shows that it is not just the number of ties a terrorist group has to others in the terrorist universe, but the quality of those ties, that affects future behavior. The implication is that terrorism research and counterterrorism policy should assess terrorist organizations in the broader context of their interrelationships and alliances rather than in isolation.
Keywords: Terrorism, Terrorist alliances, counter terrorism, networks
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