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Terrorist Decision-Making

A Leader-Centric Approach, 1st Edition

By Alex Mintz, Tyson Chatagnier, Yair Samban


160 pages

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pub: 2019-11-15
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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: al-Qaeda (Osama bin Laden), Hamas (Khaled Mashal), and Hezbollah (Hassan Nasrallah). Decisions that were of critical importance to each organization are identified and anaylzed, in order to uncover the particular criteria employed by the leader in question and to establish their ‘Decision DNA’. The Decision DNA is unique to each leader and can be used to explain and predict subsequent choices. The authors demonstrate that the findings presented can be used to promote effective counter-terrorism 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.

Table of Contents

1. The Logic of Terrorist Leaders' Decisions

2. Cognitive and Rational Explanations of Terrorist Leaders’ Decisions

3. Hamas’ Winding Political Path with Leehe Friedman

4. Between Limited War and Strategic Buildup: An Analysis of Hassan Nasrallah’s Decision Pattern with Ronny Donyetz Rosenzweig

5. Uncovering Bin Laden’s Decision Rules

6. Al-Qaeda’s Decisions in the European Theater

7. Conclusions and Implications for ISIS' Decisions

About the Authors

Alex Mintz is Provost of the IDC Herzliya, Israel, and former president of the Israeli Political Science Association.

Tyson Chatagnier is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Houston, USA.

Yair Samban is a researcher affiliated with the Behavioral Political Science Lab at the IDC Herzliya, Israel.

About the Series

Contemporary Terrorism Studies

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Middle East / General
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Law Enforcement
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Intelligence
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism