End to Terrorism, Theories of

There is much less research on how terrorism ends than on how it begins. More elaborate attempts to map this question started in the early 2000s. The research on the end of terrorism has two main lines of inquiry: first, studies on how and why individuals disengage from terrorism; and second, studies on how terrorist campaigns end. In both cases, the research is still largely in the stage of explorative mapping of processes toward disengagement and the end of terrorism.

End of Terrorist Campaigns

Empirical studies show that terrorist campaigns tend to be short-lived. Audrey Kurth Cronin has estimated that the average life span of a terrorist organization is 5 to 10 years. Her calculation includes only groups that have shown some longevity. A large number of ...

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