1st Edition

On Terrorist Groups Formation, Interactions, Survivability and Attacks

Edited By Khusrav Gaibulloev, Todd Sandler Copyright 2023

    This book presents nine up-to-date chapters on key aspects of terrorist groups by leading contributors in the study of terrorism. The chapters focus on the study of terrorist groups, their interface with targeted governments as well as ways to counter politically motivated terrorist attacks.

    To augment the efficacy of counterterrorism, governments must understand how terrorist groups form, recruit members, gain support, and choose targets. Additionally, governments must be aware of interactions within and among terrorist groups to allow governments to hone the practice of counterterrorism. This book addresses many of these topics. In particular, the volume casts light on group formation during 1860–1969 and 1970–2016, respectively. From different vantages, terrorist recruitment and group support are investigated. Other topics include the role of terrorist groups’ ideologies and goals, determinants of home-base attacks, groups’ response to government countermeasures, intergroup interactions as well as conflicts.

    On Terrorist Groups will be of interest to students and researchers of Terrorism, Political Violence, Security and Intelligence, Conflict Studies, and Political Science in general. This book was originally published as a special issue of Defence and Peace Economics.

    On Terrorist Groups: An Introduction 

    Khusrav Gaibulloev and Todd Sandler 

    1. Determinants of Home-Base Attacks by Terrorist Groups 

    Khusrav Gaibulloev and Todd Sandler 

    2. An Analysis of Terrorist Group Formation, 1860—1969 

    Joshua Tschantret, Yufan Yang and Hoshik Nam 

    3. Class Warfare: Political Exclusion of the Poor and the Roots of Social-Revolutionary Terrorism, 1860-1950 

    Daniel Meierrieks, Tim Krieger and Valentin Klotzbücher 

    4. The Formation of Terrorist Groups: An Empirical Analysis 

    Dongfang Hou 

    5. Why Some Rebel Organizations Attack Americans 

    Victor Asal, Christopher Linebarger, Amira Jadoon and J. Michael Greig 

    6. The Impact of Rural-Urban Economic Disparities on Terrorist Organizations’ Survival and Attacks 

    James A. Piazza 

    7. Strategic Interaction of Governments and Terrorist Groups in Times of Economic Hardship 

    Efe Tokdemir and Graig R. Klein 

    8. Competition from Within: Ethnicity, Power, and Militant Group Rivalry 

    Justin Conrad, Kevin T. Greene, Brian J. Phillips and Samantha Daly 


    Khusrav Gaibulloev is Professor of Economics at the American University of Sharjah, UAE. His publications have appeared in the Journal of Economic Literature, International Organization, Journal of Economic Surveys, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and elsewhere. He is Editor of Defence and Peace Economics.

    Todd Sandler is Chair Emeritus at the University of Texas at Dallas, USA. He has contributed articles and books to the study of terrorism since the early 1980s. His most recent book is What Everyone Needs to Know about Terrorism (2018). He is Special Editorial Advisor to Defence and Peace Economics.