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Assessing the Effectiveness of High- Profile Targeted Killings in the "War on Terror" A Quasi-Experiment

By  Jennifer Varriale Carson
Feb. 8, 2017

Assessing the Effectiveness of High- Profile Targeted Killings in the "War on Terror" A Quasi-Experiment

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Assessing the Effectiveness of High- Profile Targeted Killings in the "War on Terror" A Quasi-Experiment

Counter terrorism Policy Terrorism

Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, and the ensuing “war on terrorism,” the U.S. government has engaged in a series of controversial counter terrorism policies. Perhaps none is more so than the use of targeted killings aimed at eliminating the senior leadership of the global jihadist movement. Nevertheless, prior research has yet to establish that this type of tactic is effective, even among high-profile targets. Employing a robust methodology, I find that these types of killings primarily yielded negligible effects.