Jacob Shapiro, assistant professor of Politics and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School, will present a public lecture titled, “The Terrorist’s Dilemma,” at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15, in Bowl 016, Robertson Hall, on the Princeton University campus. A book sale/signing of his new book, “The Terrorist’s Dilemma: Managing Violent Covert Organizations,” and a public reception will follow the discussion in the Bernstein Gallery.
How do terrorist groups control their members? Do the tools groups use to monitor their operatives and enforce discipline create security vulnerabilities that governments can exploit? The Terrorist’s Dilemma is the first book to systematically examine the great variation in how terrorist groups are structured. Employing a broad range of agency theory, historical case studies, and terrorists’ own internal documents, Jacob Shapiro provocatively discusses the core managerial challenges that terrorists face and illustrates how their political goals interact with the operational environment to push them to organize in particular ways.
The Terrorist’s Dilemma demonstrates the management constraints inherent to terrorist groups and sheds light on specific organizational details that can be exploited to more efficiently combat terrorist activity.