Terrorism, Governance, and Development

Project Topics
Dates Covered
2009 - 2015
Project Leader


ESOC’s largest project, "Terrorism, Governance, and Development" (TGD) provides innovative perspectives for how small wars can be better strategized and favorably won to the benefit of the local population. TGD shows that a revolution in the study of conflict-enabled by vast data, rich qualitative evidence, and modern methods-yields new insights into terrorism, civil wars, and foreign interventions. Modern warfare is not about struggles over territory but over people; civilians-and the information they might choose to provide-can turn the tide at critical junctures.

TGD draw practical lessons from the past two decades of conflict in locations ranging from Latin America and the Middle East to Central and Southeast Asia. Building an information-centric understanding of insurgencies, it examines the relationships between rebels, the government, and civilians. This approach serves as a springboard for exploring other aspects of modern conflict, including the suppression of rebel activity, the role of mobile communications networks, the links between aid and violence, and why conventional military methods might provide short-term success but undermine lasting peace. 


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