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Ideological Focus, Tactical Performance, and the Survival of Terrorist Orgnizations
  • Susan Olzak
Susan Olzak
Stanford University

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The analysis uses longitudinal information on nearly 500 terrorist organizations to examine the argument that a terrorist organization's survival and lethality will be threatened to the extent that it has an ambiguous ideological identity attributed to it. This paper finds support for this claim, controlling for competition of rivals and allies, tactical diversity, size, international operations, and other measures of organizational capacity.