How To Negotiate With Terrorists
By The Bear (2006)
This brief blog entry takes you through a series of negotiations over time between peacemakers and terrorists:
A peacemaker walks up to the left side of a line. A terrorist walks up to the right side of the line. The peacemaker introduces himself. The terrorist kills him.
A peacemaker walks up to the left side of the line. A terrorist walks up to the right side of the line. The peacemaker asks, “why did you kill my friend?” The terrorist kills him and Continue reading →
When to Negotiate with Terrorists, Hijackers, and Kidnappers
By Brian Gongol (2004)
Abstract The incentive to undertake a terrorist act can be expressed as an economic mathematical equation, in which the costs and benefits to terrorists and victims are summed to determine the terrorist’s incentive to act. By evaluating how this equation is completed, victim parties (such as nation-states) can determine what their method for responding to terror attacks should be. Because terrorists are always inclined to act, the only effective response is for victim parties to randomly alternate among several responses, ranging from complicity with terrorist demands to brutal retaliation. Official public policy should Continue reading →