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Terrorist Decision-Making In The Context of Risk, Attack Planning and Attack Commission

Gill, P; Marchment, Z; Corner, E; Bouhana, N; (2020) Terrorist Decision-Making In The Context of Risk, Attack Planning and Attack Commission. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism , 43 (2) pp. 145-160. 10.1080/1057610X.2018.1445501. Green open access

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Abstract

Terrorists from a wide array of ideological influences and organisational 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 upon 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 offence. This paper 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.

Type: Article
Title: Terrorist Decision-Making In The Context of Risk, Attack Planning and Attack Commission
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/1057610X.2018.1445501
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1080/1057610X.2018.1445501
Language: English
Additional information: This 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.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10044492
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