Suicide Attack

Suicide attacks destabilize and terrorize local populations while bringing widespread attention to insurgencies throughout the world. By exploring the motives behind this inexpensive, effective tactic, RAND has provided useful and timely information to military, police, intelligence, and security services on addressing and countering this type of threat.

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Finding Common Ground in an Uncommon Nation

    Cheryl Benard and Ed O'Connell write about their time in Syria discovering creative outlets in media, such as how a director in a country known for defending terrorism could produce "entertainment" that portrayed quite the opposite.

    Mar 19, 2008

  • News Release

    News Release

    U.S. Failed to Monitor and Adapt to Insurgent Trends in Iraq

    The inability of the United States to monitor insurgent trends in Iraq and apply new counterinsurgency tactics led many Iraqi civilians to side with sectarian groups, propelling the country to the brink of civil war.

    Mar 11, 2008

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Afghanistan: Why Canada Should Stay

    There is a growing movement in Canada to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, illustrated by such newspaper headlines as: "Is it time to go?" and "Canada must leave Afghanistan." Such a move would be a tragic mistake, writes Seth G. Jones.

    May 7, 2007

  • Research Brief

    Research Brief

    Getting Inside the Terrorist Mind

    This research brief summarizes three new RAND monographs: one focuses on terrorists' defenses against counterterrorist technologies; another details terrorist technology- and knowledge-sharing; a third explores terrorist targeting preferences.

    May 2, 2007

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Not Every Tragedy Has a Solution

    Published commentary by RAND staff: Not Every Tragedy Has a Solution, in Washingtonpost.com.

    Apr 18, 2007

  • Research Brief

    Research Brief

    Heads We Win: Improving Cognitive Effectiveness in Counterinsurgency

    This research brief summarizes the steps that current U.S. counterinsurgency operations must take to move beyond the use of force and ''fight smarter'' against a networked global insurgency that is quick to adapt, transform, and regenerate.

    Mar 22, 2007

  • News Release

    News Release

    RAND Report Shows Little Evidence of a Coherent al Qaeda Strategy for U.S. Attack

    February 28, 2007 News Release: RAND Report Shows Little Evidence of a Coherent al Qaeda Strategy for U.S. Attack.

    Feb 28, 2007

  • Journal Article

    Journal Article

    Evidence About the Link Between Education, Poverty and Terrorism Among Palestinians

    Investigates the ways in which terrorism is linked to education and poverty using data newly culled from Hamas and PIJ documentary sources

    Jan 1, 2007

  • Journal Article

    Journal Article

    Human Capital and the Productivity of Suicide Bombers

    This paper studies the relation between the human capital of suicide bombers and the outcomes of their suicide attacks.

    Jan 1, 2007

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Racial Profiling Won't Stop Terror

    Logical as it may seem to a fearful traveling public, a profiling policy focusing on people who appear to be “flying while Muslim” would be extraordinarily difficult to implement and counterproductive. There are more than 1 billion Muslims in the world and only a tiny fraction are members of a terrorist ...

    Oct 11, 2006

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    How to Curb Rising Suicide Terrorism in Afghanistan

    Published commentary by RAND staff: How to Curb Rising Suicide Terrorism in Afghanistan, in Christian Science Monitor.

    Jul 18, 2006

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Strike a Balance by Weighing Threats

    Published commentary by RAND staff: Strike a Balance by Weighing Threats, in the Baltimore Sun.

    Feb 5, 2006

  • Commercial Book

    Commercial Book

    Inside Terrorism: Revised and Expanded Edition

    In this revised edition of the classic text, Hoffman analyzes the new adversaries, motivations, and tactics of global terrorism that have emerged in recent years, focusing specifically on how al Qaeda has changed since 9/11.

    Jan 1, 2006

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    The Bomber Behind the Veil

    Published commentary by RAND staff: The Bomber Behind the Veil in the Balitmore Sun.

    Dec 13, 2005

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Democracy's Defense: Values and Justice

    Published commentary by RAND staff: Democracy's Defense: Values and Justice in the Baltimore Sun.

    Sep 11, 2005

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    A Future Beyond a Funeral

    Published commentary by RAND staff.

    Aug 5, 2005

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Selecting for Security

    The recent decision to conduct random searches of backpacks and packages carried by passengers on New York and Boston subways, commuter trains, and buses has provoked controversy. Americans want better security, but remain wary about how it is provided.

    Jul 26, 2005

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    The Lessons of London

    Published commentary by RAND staff.

    Jul 17, 2005

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Strategy: Political Warfare Neglected

    Published commentary by RAND staff.

    Jun 26, 2005

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    The Men Who Pursued Paradise in Destruction

    Published commentary by RAND staff.

    May 15, 2005