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The conjunction of terrorist opportunity: a framework for diagnosing and preventing acts of terrorism

Roach, Jason, Ekblom, Paul and Flynn, Richard (2005) The conjunction of terrorist opportunity: a framework for diagnosing and preventing acts of terrorism. Security Journal, 18 (3). pp. 7-25. ISSN 0955-1662

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This paper outlines a framework which draws together the currently fragmented understandings of, and actions against, terrorism. The 'conjunction of terrorist opportunity' (CTO) stems from a widely known equivalent in crime prevention. Detailed distinctions emerge which clarify the relationship between crime and terrorism. There is special emphasis on historical and higher-level emergent causes, including terrorists' pursuit of strategic objectives and the career of the terrorist organisation itself, as it co-evolves with the society trying to frustrate and destroy it. But the framework seeks to anchor these understandings by reference to terrorist events and their immediate causes. On the basis of this analysis a suite of interventions can then be chosen to match terrorist problem and context and to reflect tactical and strategic priorities. Although the framework is only sketched here, it appears sufficiently promising to test out on a range of case studies by diagnosing causes and describing or suggesting interventions.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Applied Criminology Centre
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Psychological Research
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Depositing User: Sara Taylor
Date Deposited: 02 May 2008 09:33
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 10:38


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