By Daniel Byman
Daniel Byman's hard-hitting booklet stories nations that aid terrorist teams, reading the categories of help they supply, their motivations, and the effect of such sponsorship. It additionally considers regimes that let terrorists to elevate cash and recruit with no delivering lively aid. The reviews of Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Libya are recorded here.
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Extra resources for Deadly connections : states that sponsor terrorism
Deadly Connections Book structure and case selection The remainder of this book examines different aspects of the problem of state sponsorship of terrorism. Its structure follows a series of basic questions: what does state sponsorship consist of? What impact does it have, both in making the group stronger and in limiting its activities? Why do states sponsor terrorists? Why is it so hard to stop? And, finally, how can state support be reduced? In essence, this book is divided into three sections.
Projecting power Many states seek to affect events well beyond their borders but are powerless to do so. They lack aircraft carriers or other military forces that can deploy thousands of miles away. Their economies are too weak to force far-away countries to heed their demands. And without economic or military might, their political protests go unheeded. Some states turn to terrorist groups to fill this void. 0, states used a terrorist group to project power beyond their neighboring region, and in five of these instances this motivation was a primary reason the state backed the terrorist group.
As such, Pakistan’s experience illustrates how strategic motivations lead to support for terrorism and the particularly important role that support for an insurgency can play with regard to support for terrorism. This relationship also demonstrates how terrorism for strategic reasons can quickly become intertwined with domestic politics. In the 1990s, Islamabad worked with insurgents who used terrorism in Kashmir. It provided them with arms, money, sanctuary, and at times direct military support – this backing declined (but did not end) after Pakistan sided with Washington in its post-September 11 campaign against terror.