How Terrorist Groups End

Over 83% of terrorist organisations have ended through a process of politicisation or policing, only 7% have ended as a result of military force, while 10% have achieved their objectives. 

Counter-terrorism polices are concerned not only with stopping specific terrorist attacks, but also disrupting, breaking up, and eventually ending terrorist groups. The Global Terrorism Index reports on how terrorist groups have ended historically in order to help inform current and future counter terrorism policies. 

A report from the RAND Corporation analysed terrorist groups over 40 years and found that the majority of terrorist groups ended by either joining the political process, meaning either the whole organisation, or via a political wing of the organisation and becoming became a legitimate political party, or were destroyed by policing and intelligence agencies breaking up the group and either arresting or killing key members. Military force in of itself was rarely responsible for ending terrorist groups.

For more on how terrorist organisations end, download the Global Terrorism Index Report and skip to page 56.


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