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Leadership Decapitation: Strategic Targeting of Terrorist Organizations

Jenna Jordan

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781503608245
eISBN:
9781503610675
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9781503608245.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

Does leadership targeting work? This question lies at the heart of studies on the efficacy of counterterrorism policy. This book examines whether killing or arresting terrorists is an effective means ... More


Death by decapitation: A case study

Larry Carbone

in What Animals Want: Expertise and Advocacy in Laboratory Animal Welfare Policy

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195161960
eISBN:
9780199790067
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161960.003.0009
Subject:
Biology, Animal Biology

This chapter presents a case study of one hotly contested but largely unseen controversy: whether a particular method of killing rats — decapitation in a table-top guillotine — inflicts ... More


Paradoxes of Power: “The Way that the Kingdom Does It”

Beth A. Berkowitz

in Execution and Invention: Death Penalty Discourse in Early Rabbinic and Christian Cultures

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780195179194
eISBN:
9780199784509
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195179196.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter explores the relationship between rabbinic execution and Roman execution, asking how the rabbinic experience of Roman execution may have shaped the Rabbis’ own laws of execution. It ... More


Hypotheses on Leadership Decapitation

Jenna Jordan

in Leadership Decapitation: Strategic Targeting of Terrorist Organizations

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781503608245
eISBN:
9781503610675
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9781503608245.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

Chapter 3 introduces the dataset created for this study and explains the measures used to assess the efficacy of leadership targeting. It develops hypotheses to answer the following questions: Does ... More


Is Leadership Targeting Effective?

Jenna Jordan

in Leadership Decapitation: Strategic Targeting of Terrorist Organizations

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781503608245
eISBN:
9781503610675
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9781503608245.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

The chapter begins by looking at trends in leadership targeting. It then examines the impact of decapitation on organizational activity, organizational existence, attack frequency, and organizational ... More


Social Deviants in a Pagan Society: The Fifth to Seventh Centuries

Andrew Reynolds

in Anglo-Saxon Deviant Burial Customs

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199544554
eISBN:
9780191720390
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199544554.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

This chapter considers in detail the archaeological evidence for deviant burial from Early Anglo‐Saxon cemeteries of the 5th to 7th centuries ad. The pre‐Christian centuries present challenges of ... More


Introduction

Jenna Jordan

in Leadership Decapitation: Strategic Targeting of Terrorist Organizations

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781503608245
eISBN:
9781503610675
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9781503608245.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

Leadership decapitation, which refers to the arrest or killing of a group’s leadership, has become a key tool in current counterterrorism strategies This chapter presents an overview of the debate ... More


A Theory of Organizational Resilience

Jenna Jordan

in Leadership Decapitation: Strategic Targeting of Terrorist Organizations

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781503608245
eISBN:
9781503610675
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9781503608245.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

Chapter 2 develops a theory of organizational resilience that accounts for when decapitation is more or less likely to result in the decline or weakening of terrorist organizations. It argues that ... More


Hamas: Bureaucracy, Social Services, and Local Support

Jenna Jordan

in Leadership Decapitation: Strategic Targeting of Terrorist Organizations

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781503608245
eISBN:
9781503610675
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9781503608245.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

Chapter 5 examines Israeli attempts to capture or kill Hamas leaders from 1988 to 2014. It first looks at changes in the frequency and lethality of both conventional and suicide attacks in order to ... More


The Shining Path: The Organization and Support of a Left-Wing Group

Jenna Jordan

in Leadership Decapitation: Strategic Targeting of Terrorist Organizations

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781503608245
eISBN:
9781503610675
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9781503608245.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

Chapter 6 explores the case of the Shining Path and accounts for variation in the outcome of targeting efforts. As the Shining Path became less bureaucratic in structure and experienced a loss in ... More


Al-Qaeda: Religious Ideology and Organizational Resilience

Jenna Jordan

in Leadership Decapitation: Strategic Targeting of Terrorist Organizations

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781503608245
eISBN:
9781503610675
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9781503608245.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

Chapter 7 looks at the impact that decapitation attacks have had upon the operational capacity and organizational strength of al-Qaeda Central and al-Qaeda as a whole.


Conclusion

Jenna Jordan

in Leadership Decapitation: Strategic Targeting of Terrorist Organizations

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781503608245
eISBN:
9781503610675
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9781503608245.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

The book concludes with a discussion of the overall findings and theoretical arguments regarding the efficacy of leadership targeting. It then examines 198 instances of targeting efforts against ISIS ... More


When Elephants Rampage

Max Abrahms

in Rules for Rebels: The Science of Victory in Militant History

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780198811558
eISBN:
9780191848438
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198811558.003.0012
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

This chapter examines the effects of removing militant leaders in so-called decapitation strikes. Leadership decapitation has become a cornerstone of counterterrorism strategy. Most research on this ... More


Challenges to a Circulatory–Respiratory Criterion for Death

Franklin G. Miller and Robert D. Truog

in Death, Dying, and Organ Transplantation: Reconstructing Medical Ethics at the End of Life

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199739172
eISBN:
9780199918683
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739172.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Chapter 4 is devoted to a critical consideration of brain-based objections to the sole reliance on the traditional criteria for determining death. Starting with the assumption that brain death ... More


The Bioarchaeology of the Human Head: Decapitation, Decoration, and Deformation

Michelle Bonogofsky (ed.)

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780813035567
eISBN:
9780813041766
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813035567.001.0001
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

Featuring a wealth of case studies on human skulls recovered from ethnographic and archaeological contexts around the world, this book focuses on the question of whose skulls and heads were collected ... More


The Monster That Is History: History, Violence, and Fictional Writing in Twentieth-Century China

David Der-WeiWang

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520231405
eISBN:
9780520937246
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520231405.001.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

In ancient China a monster called Taowu was known for both its vicious nature and its power to see the past and the future. Over the centuries Taowu underwent many incarnations until it became ... More


Aesthetic Judgment and the Audience in Cymbeline

Seth Lerer

in Shakespeare's Lyric Stage: Myth, Music, and Poetry in the Last Plays

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780226582405
eISBN:
9780226582689
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226582689.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter presents Cymbeline as a play that dramatizes tensions between lyrical performance and the bad audience. Focusing on the figure of Cloten, the chapter sees him as a kind of Midas-like ... More


Invitation to a Beheading

David Der-wei Wang

in The Monster That Is History: History, Violence, and Fictional Writing in Twentieth-Century China

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520231405
eISBN:
9780520937246
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520231405.003.0002
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter deals with the theme of beheading in twentieth-century Chinese literature, focusing on the writings on decapitation by Youhuan Yusheng, Lu Xun, and Shen Congwen. It deals with ... More


The Social Lives of Severed Heads: Skull Collection and Display in Medieval and Early Modern Ireland

Barra O'Donnabhain

in The Bioarchaeology of the Human Head: Decapitation, Decoration, and Deformation

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780813035567
eISBN:
9780813041766
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813035567.003.0005
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

This chapter on skulls from medieval Ireland integrates three lines of evidence—archaeology, literature and iconography—to show that the severing of heads and their collection and public display in ... More


Identifying the Origins of Decapitated Male Skeletons from 3 Driffield Terrace, York, Through Isotope Analysis: Reflections of the Cosmopolitan Nature of Roman York in the Time of Caracalla

Janet Montgomery and Christopher J. Knüsel

in The Bioarchaeology of the Human Head: Decapitation, Decoration, and Deformation

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780813035567
eISBN:
9780813041766
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813035567.003.0006
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

Excavations on the Mount, York (UK), revealed part of a large Roman period cemetery containing the remains of 80 individuals, 48 of whom had been decapitated from behind, and their heads placed in ... More


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