Associate professor of political science
“The reason is simple: Terrorism is a tactic that relies upon fear,” writes a Duke political scientist. “It’s a tactic of the weak against the strong. Knowing that they cannot get what they want from the strong via main force, the weak seek to instill fear in the strong.”
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Duke professors call the rhetoric in this year’s presidential campaign extreme, in large part because of Donald Trump. “Unfortunately, this behavior tends to induce a race to the bottom, where other candidates, not wanting to be shut out from media attention, try to match or one-up his positions,” says political scientist David Siegel.
“The supporters of ISIS outside the region feel marginalized at home and are drawn to the allure of perceived meaning in their actions. Take away the local support of ISIS by instituting real power sharing and investment in the region and the allure ends,” writes David Siegel, an associate professor of political science.
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