Terrorism in the wake of the Cold War order
Giannaros, Spiros Jason.
Thesis (M.P.P.)--Georgetown University, 2009.; Includes bibliographical references. The end of the Cold War had immense consequences on the shape of the global structure of power, leaving America as the world's sole superpower. Countries that had previously received aid and weapons from the Soviet Union no longer had a superpower to rely on, and the disenfranchised began to direct their frustrations against what they saw as an imperialist force. To what extent did this collapse have an effect on terrorism? Some expected that in a uni-polar world, people would be more likely to direct the frustration that their disenfranchisement engendered against the United States, clearly the most powerful and visible symbol of the new order. Others contended that the collapse of a neighboring superpower would swamp these effects, leading to a greater increase in terrorism in the Middle East than in the West, in the wake of the Cold War order. This paper attempts to measure the effects of this collapse on terrorism, focusing specifically on the West and the Middle East. Using data on terrorist incidents as well as national demographic and socioeconomic conditions, I find a strong and unambiguous increase in terrorist incidents in Middle Eastern countries as compared to NATO countries, led by the US, because of the collapse of the Soviet Union.
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