Failed States and Connections to Terrorist Activity

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The majority of prior research focuses primarily on the economic factors that foster terrorism. Therefore, examining the multifaceted components of state failure may shed light on the interdependency of economic factors on social and political forces.

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Failed States and Connections to Terrorist Activity*Chelli PlummerDepartment of Sociology and AnthropologyNorth Carolina State University*The author thanks RV Rikard for editing and feedback on previous versions of this manuscript. The author also thanks the journal editor and anonymous reviewers for providing insightful feedback. Any and all mistakes are solely the responsibility of the author. Please address all for correspondence to Chelli Plummer, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Campus Box 8107, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-8107, Email:, Phone: 919-513-9023AbstractA strong connection has been drawn between failed and/or failing states and terrorism. Not all failed/failing states promote equal amounts of terrorism. This paper compares failed states that promote high degrees of terrorism with those that promote low degrees of terrorism by using a twofold approach. First, OLS regression is used to examine aspects of state failure in relation to terrorism, and second, a comparison is drawn between failed states that promote high degrees of terrorism with those that promote low degrees of terrorism in a case study analysis of Somalia and the Ivory Coast . The results suggest that the relationship between state failure and terrorism is more complex than a simple linear causal process and that examination of the processes involved in state failure are integral in understa

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