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Summaries Summaries Summaries A SILVER BULLET? LEADERSHIP DECAPITATION, TERRORISM, AND INSURGENCY 9–46 Targeting Top Terrorists: How Leadership Decapitation Contributes to Counterterrorism Bryan C. Price, U.S. Military Academy Several states, including Israel and the United States, have put decapitation tactics, which seek to kill or capture leaders of terrorist organizations, at the forefront of their counterterrorism efforts. The vast majority of scholarly work on decapitation suggests, however, that leadership decapitation is ineffective at best and counterproductive at worst. Contrary to this conventional wisdom, leadership decapitation signiªcantly increases the mortality rate of terrorist groups, although the results indicate that the effect of decapitation decreases with the age of the group, even to a point where it may have no effect at all. This ªnding helps to explain the previously perplexing mixed record of decapitation effectiveness. Terrorist groups are especially susceptible to leadership decapitation because their organizational characteristics (they are violent, clandestine, and values based) amplify the difªculties of leadership succession. Additionally, in contrast to the conventional wisdom regarding the durability of terrorist groups, politically relevant terrorist groups (deªned as those with at least four attacks including one attack resulting in a fatality) endure signiªcantly longer than previously believed. 47–79 Does Decapitation http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Security MIT Press

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