Strongmen and state authority: a state-in-society approach to understanding the presence of terrorist sanctuaries

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dc.contributor.author Pfannenstiel, Melia T.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-07-31T13:10:57Z
dc.date.available 2015-07-31T13:10:57Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-01 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/20117
dc.description.abstract The goal of this dissertation is two-fold. First, is to investigate the relationship between the consequences of state failure and terrorist sanctuaries, which is the prevailing explanation in extant literature. Post 9/11 United States counterterrorism policy has focused on the role of the state in providing safe haven or sanctuary to transnational terrorist organizations. However, anecdotal evidence suggests that both weak and strong states host terrorist sanctuaries. Thus, no clear explanation for why transnational terrorist sanctuaries are in some weak and strong states but not present in others currently exists. Second, this dissertation seeks to fill this gap by adopting Migdal’s (1988) state-society interaction approach to explain the presence of terrorist sanctuaries. This dissertation hypothesizes that the role of society’s structure and societal strongmen’s interactions with the state are an important determinant in whether or not transnational terrorist organizations will seek to establish safe haven within a given territory. Sageman’s (2008) hub and node approach on the operational capacities of transnational terrorist sanctuary networks helps to explain differences in types of sanctuaries. Using a newly constructed dataset on terrorist sanctuaries for quantitative analysis and qualitative analysis through case studies, this dissertation intends to show that the presence of terrorist sanctuaries in both weak and strong states can be understood through four state-society interaction typologies. The implications of this study are relevant for policymakers seeking to understand and counter the enduring threat of transnational terrorism across the globe. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Terrorism en_US
dc.subject Terrorist sanctuaries en_US
dc.subject Terrorist safe havens en_US
dc.subject State capacity en_US
dc.subject State-society interactions wn_US
dc.title Strongmen and state authority: a state-in-society approach to understanding the presence of terrorist sanctuaries en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.description.degree Doctor of Philosophy en_US
dc.description.level Doctoral en_US
dc.description.department Security Studies Interdepartmental Program - Political Science en_US
dc.description.advisor Emizet N. Kisangani en_US
dc.subject.umi Political Science (0615) en_US
dc.date.published 2015 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth August en_US


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