Terrorist Decision-Making: A Leader-Centric Approach

1st Edition

Alex Mintz, Tyson Chatagnier, Yair Samban

Routledge
Published December 9, 2019
Reference - 230 Pages
ISBN 9780367196288 - CAT# K417952
Series: Contemporary Terrorism Studies

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Summary

This book analyzes a series of decisions by leaders of three major terrorist organizations and identifies a unique "Decision DNA" for each of them.

The authors use the Applied Decision Analysis methodology to examine organizational and operational decisions made by the leaders of three major groups: Hezbollah (Hassan Nasrallah), Hamas (Khaled Mashal), and al-Qaeda (Osama bin Laden). Decisions that were of critical importance to each organization are identified and anaylzed, to uncover the particular decision rule employed by the leader in question and to establish their "Decision DNA." A Decision DNA is unique to each leader and can be used to explain previous decisions or predict future choices. The authors demonstrate that the findings presented can be used to promote effective counterterrorism measures, and they provide a series of policy implications that arise from their examination of each leader.

This book will be of much interest to students of terrorist studies, political violence, security studies, and Middle Eastern politics.

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