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Social Science for Counterterrorism: Putting the Pieces Together (http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/2009/RAND_MG849.pdf), Edited by Paul K. Davis, Kim Cragin. The RAND Corporation, 2009. (540 Page PDF)

The authors report on an aggressively interdisciplinary project to survey and integrate the scholarly social-science literature relevant to counterterrorism. They draw on literature from numerous disciplines, both qualitative and quantitative, and then use high-level conceptual models to pull the pieces together. In their monograph, they identify points of agreement and disagreement and point out instances in which disagreements merely reflect difference of research context or perspective. Priorities for further research are suggested and improved ways to frame questions for research and analysis are identified. The questions addressed relate to how terrorism arises, why some individuals become terrorists, how terrorists generate public support, how terrorist organizations make decisions, how terrorism declines, why individuals disengage, and how strategic communications can be more or less effective.


Chapter One:
Paul K. Davis and Kim Cragin

Chapter Two:
The Root Causes of Terrorism
Darcy M.E. Noricks

Chapter Three:
Why and How Some People Become Terrorists
Todd C. Helmus

Chapter Four:
How Do Terrorists Generate and Maintain Support?
Christopher Paul

Chapter Five:
The Economics of Terrorism and Counterterrorism: What Matters and Is Rational-Choice Theory Helpful?
Claude Berrebi

Chapter Six:
Organizational Decisionmaking by Terrorist Groups
Brian A. Jackson

Chapter Seven:
How Does Terrorism End?
Gaga Gvineria

Chapter Eight:
Disengagement and Deradicalization: Processes and Programs
Darcy M.E. Noricks

Chapter Nine:
Social-Science Foundations for Strategic Communications in the Global War on Terrorism
Michael Egner

Chapter Ten:
Cross-Cutting Observations and Some Implications for Policymakers
Kim Cragin

Chapter Eleven:
Representing Social-Science Knowledge Analytically
Paul K. Davis

Chapter Twelve:
Paul K. Davis and Kim Cragin

Appendix A:
About the Authors

Appendix B:
Analytic Measures for Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency
Benjamin Bahney