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Weak LinksFragile States, Global Threats, and International Security$
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Stewart Patrick

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199751501

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751501.001.0001

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Transnational Terrorism

Transnational Terrorism

(p.61) 2 Transnational Terrorism
Weak Links

Patrick Stewart

Oxford University Press

Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, it has become commonplace to assert that weak states are ideal breeding grounds for transnational terrorism. This chapter reviews the evidence for the connection between state fragility and transnational terrorism, focusing on al-Qaeda and its affiliated organizations, which pose the most acute global terrorist threat. It concludes that the links between these two phenomena are more complex and contingent than conventional wisdom would have us believe.

Keywords:   state weakness, state fragility, al-Qaeda, global terrorists

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