Poverty and terrorism

Siddharta Mitra

Abstract


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.

Full Text:

PDF

References


Abadie, A. 2004. “Poverty, Political Freedom and the Roots of Terrorism.” Working Paper W10859. Boston: National Bureau of Economic Research.

Barrie-Anthony, S. n/d. “Totalism — The Terrorist’s Mindset.” See http://www.causes-of-terrorism.net/totalism.htm [accessed 19 May 2008].

Berrebi, C. 2007. “Evidence About the Link between Education, Poverty and Terrorism among Palestinians.” Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy, Vol. 13, Issue 1, Article 2.

Hazarika, S. 1994. Strangers of the Mist: Tales of War and Peace from India’s Northeast. New Delhi: Penguin Books.

Krueger, A.B. and J. Maleckova. 2002. “The Economics and the Education of Suicide Bombers.” The New Republic. http://www.alanalexandroff.com/nr-krueger.pdf.

Krueger, A.B. and J. Maleckova. 2003. “Education, Poverty and Terrorism: Is There a Causal Connection?” Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vol. 17, No. 4, pp. 119-144.

Krueger, A.B. 2003. “Poverty Prevention Doesn't Create Terrorists.” The New York Times. 29 May.

Mitra, S. 2005. “A Framework for Analytical Treatment of Terrorist Problems.” http://ssrn.com/abstract=777086 [accessed 19 Feb. 2008].

[MIPT] The Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism. n/d. Terrorism Knowledge Base. www.tkb.org [accessed 20 Feb. 2008].

Piazza, J.A. 2006. "Rooted in Poverty? Terrorism, Poor Economic Development and Social Cleavages," Terrorism and Political Violence, 18:1, pp. 159-177.

Scully, L. n/d. “The Importance of Educating Girls and Women.” See http://www.girlsed.org/resources/The_Importance_of_Educating_Girls_and_Women.htm [accessed 19 May 2008].

World Bank. Various years. World Development Indicators. Washington, D.C: World Bank.




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

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.


Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.