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The Terrorist's Dilemma: Managing Violent Covert Organizations

Jacob N. Shapiro


How do terrorist groups control their members? Do the tools that groups use to monitor their operatives and enforce discipline create security vulnerabilities that governments can exploit? This is the first book to systematically examine the great variation in how terrorist groups are structured. Employing a broad range of agency theory, historical case studies, and terrorists' own internal documents, the book discusses the core managerial challenges that terrorists face and illustrates how their political goals interact with the operational environment to push them to organize in particular w ... More

Keywords: terrorist groups, terrorist group structure, terrorists, secrecy, al-Qa'ida, terrorist activity, control

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780691157214
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691157214.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jacob N. Shapiro, author
Princeton University