Do Mass Killings Breed Transnational Terrorism?
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- May 15, 2019
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This is the Stanford University Program on International Relations Honors Thesis Collection. Students conduct a major independent research project under faculty guidance, submit a thesis at the end of their senior year., This is the Stanford University Program on International Relations Honors Thesis Collection. Students conduct a major independent research project under faculty guidance, submit a thesis at the end of their senior year.
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- Lund, Elena
- Schultz, Kenneth
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- Stanford University, Department of International Relations
On September 11th, 2001, the world witnessed the deadliest terrorist attacks in history. At the hands of nineteen terrorists, nearly three-thousand people were killed and over six-thousand more were injured. Only six years earlier, at least two of these hijackers were fighting in the Bosnian genocide alongside other Al Qaeda operatives. But why had Al Qaeda decided to set up operations in Bosnia during the genocide? What were their specific goals? And how did they use post-genocide Bosnia to realize those goals? Utilizing a large-n quantitative analysis on all mass killings and terrorist attacks from 1970 to 2006 in addition to a historical case study on the relationship between the Bosnian genocide of 1992-1995 and Al Qaeda, this thesis attempts to answer the question – do mass killings breed transnational terrorism? – more generally. To do so, terrorist groups that emerge from or claim to represent the victims of mass killings are identified and their attacks are analyzed compared to the attacks of other terrorist groups. In conclusion, this thesis argues that mass killings breed transnational terrorism by prompting the formation of new terrorist groups and by fostering an aggrieved population susceptible to the recruitment mechanisms of preexisting terrorist groups.
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- Lund, Elena. (2019). Do Mass Killings Breed Transnational Terrorism?. Stanford Digital Repository. Available at: https://purl.stanford.edu/bq017qx2118
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