Poverty and terrorism

Siddharta Mitra


On the basis of analytical reasoning and buttressed by case studies from Latin America and Northeastern India one can conclude that poverty can and does generate terrorist activity. But poverty alone is not a sufficient factor to generate terrorism. Other necessary and facilitating factors are needed, and terrorist activity will last only if perpetuating factors are present. If terrorism that owes its genesis to poverty has to be eliminated, it is necessary to alleviate poverty itself as its favorable companion factors, being cultural, geographical, or accidental in nature, are not suitable for policy manipulation.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15355/epsj.3.2.57


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