Fri, Aug 19|
CLE Lecture Hall
Leadership Decapitation: Strategic Targeting of Terrorist Organizations
Time & Location
Aug 19, 2022, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
CLE Lecture Hall, 348 S 5th St, Highlands, NC 28741, USA
About the Event
One of the central pillars of U.S. counterterrorism policy is that capturing or killing a terrorist group's leader is effective. yet this pillar rests more on a foundation of faith than facts. Leadership decapitation is not always successful and existing empirical work is insufficient to account for this variability. this talk will examine whether leadership decapitation "works" and results in the degradation or decline of terrorist organizations. It will draw upon an examination of over a thousand instances of leadership targeting-involving groups such as Hamas, al Qaeda, Shining Path, and ISIS - to identify the successes, failures, and unintended consequences of this strategy.
Location: CLE Lecture Hall
Presenter: Jenna Jordan is an associate professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her book, by the same title as the lecture, evaluates the efficacy of leadership targeting as a counterterrorism strategy.