Deadly Connections: States that Sponsor Terrorism

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 27, 2005 - Political Science
Thousands of people have died at the hands of terrorist groups who rely on state support for their activities. Iran and Syria are well known as sponsors of terrorism, while other countries, some with strong connections to the West, have enabled terrorist activity by turning a blind eye. Daniel Byman's hard-hitting and articulate book analyzes this phenomenon. Focusing primarily on sponsors from the Middle East and South Asia, it examines the different types of support that states provide, their motivations, and the impact of such sponsorship. The book also considers regimes that allow terrorists to raise money and recruit without providing active support. The experiences of Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Libya are detailed here, alongside the histories of radical groups such as al-Qaida and Hizballah. The book concludes by assessing why it is often difficult to force sponsors to cut ties to terrorist groups and suggesting ways in which it could be done better in the future.

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Avoiding the sensationalism and politicizing that often accompany books on terrorism, Byman examines terrorist groups from the PLO to Al Qaeda to the Tamil Tigers and explains relationships between ... Read full review

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Helped a lot with my Model United Nations.


Why do states support terrorism?
The nature and impact of state support
Iran and the Lebanese Hizballah
Syria and Palestinian radical groups
Pakistan and Kashmir
Afghanistan under the Taliban
Passive sponsors of terrorism
The difficulties of stopping state sponsorship
Halting support for terrorism

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Page 1 - Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists. From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime.
Page 1 - George W Bush, Address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American People...
Page 353 - Zorinsky (D. -Nebraska), chairman of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere Affairs of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee declared that in dealing with the area, "the fundamental mistake we make . . . is to back governments or regimes which enjoy little or no popular support.
Page 355 - General shall fully inform the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence concerning all electronic surveillance under this chapter.

About the author (2005)

Daniel Byman is Assistant Professor in the Security Program of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He has published widely on issues related to terrorism, Middle East politics, and national security. He is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution and has served on the staff of the '9/11 Commission', among other positions. He is the author of The Dynamics of Coercion: American Foreign Policy and the Limits of Military Might (2002), and Keeping the Peace: Lasting Solutions to Ethnic Conflicts (2002).

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