Essays on the Determinants of Terrorism

Rafat Mahmood

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This thesis explores various dimensions of terrorism. First, it proposes a nonlinear relationship between the improvement
in communications technology and terrorism, based on theoretical motivation and empirical evidence. Second, it uses an Instrumental Variable approach to look at the consequences of US drone strikes in Pakistan. It finds drone strikes encourage terrorism, worsen attitudes towards the US, and encourage radicalization in the local population. Finally, the thesis looks at the role of religious seminaries in terrorism. Using Identity economics, it highlights that radical madrassas directly breed terrorism, while generally, the madrassa network provides an enabling environment for terrorists.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Jetter, Michael, Supervisor
  • Rammohan, Anu, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date10 Jun 2021
Publication statusUnpublished - 2021


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