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Why States Rebel. Understanding State Sponsorship of Terrorism

Kirchner, Magdalena

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State Sponsorship of Terrorism connects three major contemporary issues of international relations: intrastate conflict, third-party intervention, and interstate relations. In order to understand,why states choose not to fight but to form alliances with terrorist organizations, the study links international and domestic security challenges and policy incentives with formal and informal limitations political leaders have to take into consideration when adjusting to them. In this study, it is argued in a neoclassical realist tradition of international relations theory that sponsorship emerges under specific conditions of mutually reinforcing external and internal security dilemmas, constituting a third way between balancing a rival through interstate alliance formation or armament. Hence, the study traced both extent and shape of sponsorship policy back to specific interplay patterns between interstate enmity and domestic challenges to the political leadership. Examining Syria’s relations with Palestinian Fatah, Turkish-Kurdish PKK, and Lebanese Hizballah, between 1964 and 2006, the analysis explored the formation and developmentof sponsorship patterns in order to gain a deeper understanding of a process, which had not yet been systematically traced.

Item Type: Dissertation
Supervisor: Harnisch, Prof. Dr. Sebastian
Date of thesis defense: 23 April 2014
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2014 12:56
Date: 2014
Faculties / Institutes: The Faculty of Economics and Social Studies > Institute of Political Science
Subjects: 320 Political science
Controlled Keywords: Terrorismus, Außenpolitik, Syrien, Israel, Türkei, PKK, Hisbollah, Fatah, Neorealismus <Politik>
Additional Information: Im Buchhandel erschienen unter: Why States Rebel. Understanding State Sponsorship of Terrorism. International and Security Studies, vol. 2. Verlag Barbara Budrich. 2016. 281 pp. Pb. 39,90 € (D), 41,10 € (A), US$58.00, GBP 36.95. ISBN 978-3-8474-0641-9.
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