Dealing with Terrorism - Stick or Carrot? by Bruno S. Frey

By Bruno S. Frey

Emphasising a good method of facing terrorism (the carrot), this ebook offers a critique of deterrence coverage (the stick) that are useless or even counterproductive, and proposes 3 substitute and powerful anti-terrorist guidelines: Decentralisation reduces vulnerability to terrorist assaults. A process with many various centres is extra sturdy because of its range, allowing one half to replacement for one more; optimistic incentives could be provided to genuine and potential terrorists to not interact in violent acts. Incentives comprise: Reintegrating terrorists into society, welcoming repentants and delivering them valued possibilities; Diverting consciousness by means of naming numerous terrorist teams almost certainly accountable for a selected terrorist act. the govt therefore provides additional information than the terrorist accountable would need. The proposed anti-terrorist coverage has vital merits over a coercive coverage: the total interplay among terrorists and the govt. transforms right into a optimistic sum online game and the tactic undermines the cohesiveness of the terrorist company.

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Todd Sandler, Jean M. Murdock and Peter Fleming (1989). International Terrorism: Attributes of Terrorist Events, 1978–1987. (ITERATE 3). Dunn Loring, VA: Vinyard Software. , Todd Sandler, Jean M. Murdock and Peter Fleming (1993). International Terrorism: Attributes of Terrorist Events, 1988–1991. (ITERATE 4). Dunn Loring, VA: Vinyard Software. Fleming, Peter (2001). ‘International Terrorism: Attributes of Terrorist Events 1992–1998’. (ITERATE 5 update). Mimeo. Cycles in terrorist activity are discussed in: Hoffman, Bruce (1998).

An example is provided by the Israeli experience with Hezbollah and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) in Lebanon. The strikes of the Israeli army helped PLO recruitment by demonstrating PLO’s commitment to the struggle against Israel. Moreover, the Palestinian terrorist organisations received increased support from sympathetic local and international sponsors. The Lebanese Hezbollah was able to attract more money from abroad and provoked a nationalist backlash. This in turn strengthened Hezbollah’s position in the Lebanese community.

Terrorism Today. London: Frank Cass.

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