Schneier Calls Out Papers on How Terroristist Groups End

Deven Desai

Deven Desai is an associate professor of law and ethics at the Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology. He was also the first, and to date, only Academic Research Counsel at Google, Inc., and a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and the Yale Law School. Professor Desai’s scholarship examines how business interests, new technology, and economic theories shape privacy and intellectual property law and where those arguments explain productivity or where they fail to capture society’s interest in the free flow of information and development. His work has appeared in leading law reviews and journals including the Georgetown Law Journal, Minnesota Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, and U.C. Davis Law Review.

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6 Responses

  1. See Scott Atran’s Talking to the Enemy: Faith, Brotherhood, and the (Un)Making of Terrorists (HarperCollins, 2010), and Omar Ashour’s The De-Radicalization of Jihadists: Transforming Armed Islamist Movements (Routledge, 2009).

  2. Deven says:

    As always, thanks, Patrick.

  3. Jordan J. Paust says:

    This is interesting, and I wonder whether there are differences that have been identified between “ordinary” users of the tactic of terrorism and those of a radical ideologic or religious bent.

  4. Deven Desai says:

    Jordan, I have not had a chance to dig into the papers, but I think Patrick’s suggestions go to your question. Given that Rand and Abrahms are looking at a large range of such groups starting back in the 1960s, I think they are looking at any type, political, religious or a mix.

    Hmm, maybe I should ask, what would “ordinary” be as you use it? As I write, I realize I am not sure I know. That would help sort the differences you raise (for me at least).

  5. Jordan J. Paust says:

    Devin: I am not sure either, that’s partly why I put the word ordinary in quotes.

  6. Deven Desai says:

    Ah that makes sense. Good question, wish I had an answer. But thanks for giving something more to think about.