Ostwald, Jordan, Three Essays on Terrorism, its Relationship with Natural Disasters and its Effect on Female Labor Force Participation.
Hijackings, bombings, and assassinations on different continents of the world may seem like isolated attacks, but they reflect an easy reliance on violence as a way to promote social, political, and religious change.
Terrorists thrive on media exposure, and news organizations around the world have been all too willing to give terrorists what they crave: publicity.
If the news media gave terrorists the minuscule coverage their numbers and influence demanded, terrorism would decline.
Experts in the field estimate that less than 1 percent of terrorist attacks occured in the Soviet Union, but according to Rand Corporation expert Brian Jenkins, nearly a third of all terrorists attacks involve Americans.
Democratic governments, accustomed to dealing within a legal structure, often find it difficult to deal with criminals and terrorists who routinely operate outside of the law.The faculty committee that supervised and approved the dissertation consisted of Claude Berrebi (Chair), Paul Heaton, and Nicholas Burger.This report is part of the RAND Corporation dissertation series.Nature's disasters and their aftermath have engendered fear and fascination in human minds for thousands of years.They have shaped the earth, the climate, and the makeup of human civilization for perhaps even longer.Copies may not be duplicated for commercial purposes.Unauthorized posting of RAND PDFs to a non-RAND Web site is prohibited. For information on reprint and linking permissions, please visit the RAND Permissions page.Pardee RAND dissertations are produced by graduate fellows of the Pardee RAND Graduate School, the world's leading producer of Ph. The dissertations are supervised, reviewed, and approved by a Pardee RAND faculty committee overseeing each dissertation.Permission is given to duplicate this electronic document for personal use only, as long as it is unaltered and complete.As societies have expanded, they have adapted in an attempt to mitigate the effects of these devastating events, but all too often the propensity of disasters to overwhelm human adaptations has proved both humbling and daunting.The aftermath of a disaster is a particularly trying time for any government.