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Deadly Connections: States that Sponsor Terrorism

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"Dan Byman has written what will likely become the standard text on state-sponsored terrorism. Deadly Connections is an important book that not only fills a long-standing gap in the field of terrorism studies, but significantly advances our understanding of this particularly opaque and complex phenomenon." --Bruce Hoffman, author of Inside Terrorism ,and Senior Fellow, Combating Terrorism Center, US Military Academy, West Point

"...the most comprehensive and rigorous treatment to date of the role states play in international terrorism. Too often the subject of state sponsorship is treated as a simple "do they or don't they" question. Byman's meticulous scholarship reveals how complex this important issue really is. In well-documented case studies combined with synthesizing analysis, he explores the full range of how states help terrorist groups and why they help them. This book is a ...useful input to policy toward some of the world's most troublesome regimes." --Paul Pillar, National Intelligence Office for the Near East and South Asia and author of Terrorism and U.S. Foreign Policy

"This is a truly excellent, informative and well-written book. As far as I know, there is no other current book on the same topic." --Karin von Hippel, Kings College London

"Byman's is the most authoritative account yet of the link between states and international terrorism. Thoroughly researched and carefully argued, Deadly Connections explores the motivations, limits, and consequences of the state sponsorship of terrorist groups -- and draws lessons about what the world can do about it." -- G. John Ikenberry, Foreign Affairs

"Thousands of people have died at the hands of terrorist groups who rely on state support for their activities. Iran and Libya are well known as sponsors of terrorism, while other countries, some with strong connections to the west, have enabled terrorist activity by turning a blind eye. Daniel Byman's hard-hitting and articulate book is the first to analyse this phenomenon." --Forbes.com

"Deadly Connections, which assembles an impressive array of information on this important dimension of terrorism today, will have reason to be consulted as the most reference handbook on the subject." --Gary Slick, Washington Post Book World

"The study of terrorism has long needed a comprehensive and dispassionate scholarly analysis of the problem of state sponsorship. With this book, Daniel Byman has filled that need and has performed a great service to the historical, indeed the entire scholarly, study of terrorism. The impressive academic and professional qualifications he brings to the subject has yielded a book that every scholar studying terrorism should read and take seriously."
David A. Charters, university of New Brunswick, The International History Review

Daniel Byman's hard-hitting and articulate book is the first to study countries that support terrorist groups. Focusing primarily on sponsors from the Middle East and South Asia, it examines the different types of support that states provide, their motivations, and the impact of such sponsorship. The book also considers regimes that allow terrorists to raise money and recruit without providing active support. The experiences of Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Libya are detailed here, alongside the histories of radical groups such as al-Qaida, Hizbullah and Hamas.

About the Author

Daniel Byman is Assistant Professor in the Security Program of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He has published widely on issues related to terrorism, Middle East politics, and national security. He is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution and has served on the staff of the "9/11 Commission", among other positions. He is the author of The Dynamics of Coercion: American Foreign Policy and the Limits of Military Might (2002), and Keeping the Peace: Lasting Solutions to Ethnic Conflicts (2002).
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