Policy Making within Transnational Terrorist Organizations

The globalization of terrorism demands an understanding of how terrorist groups make and execute their policy decisions.  Contrary to the popular belief propagated by the media, most terrorists are not insane, brainwashed or from poverty stricken backgrounds.  Most of them are considered to be mentally stable, highly educated and rational individuals who are capable of developing a strong ideology, clear objectives and effective strategy and tactics. This includes an ability to mesh these factors into policy.Photo:The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia is a Marxist-Leninist-inspired peasant army claiming to represent the rural poor in a struggle against Colombia’s rich and powerful. A guerrilla organization, it is financed primarily by kidnappings and trade in illegal drugs. The group has long been engaged in a struggle to overthrow the government of Colombia, and the United States government has designated it a terrorist organization. Google…

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About the Contributor

Tom Quiggin

Tom Quiggin is a Senior Researcher at the Canadian Centre of Intelligence and Security Studies at Carleton University. A court qualified expert on terrorism and on the use of intelligence as evidence...