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Fighting Terrorism at Source

Using Foreign Aid to Delegate Global Security

Jean-Paul Azam and Véronique Thelen

This book offers a unique and insightful econometric evaluation of the policies used to fight transnational terrorism between 1990 and 2014 using a sample of 124 countries. It proves that foreign aid plays a crucial role by inducing recipient governments to protect the donors’ political and economic interests within their sphere of influence. In contrast, US troops on the ground are counter-productive as they increase the supply of terrorist attacks from the host countries, even though this effect has been significantly reduced by the Obama administration.
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Using Foreign Aid to Delegate Global Security

Jean-Paul Azam and Véronique Thelen

Jean-Paul Azam is Professor of Economics at the Toulouse School of Economics, University of Toulouse, France, and a research fellow at IAST (Institute of Advanced Study of Toulouse) and IDEI (Institut d’économie industrielle). He holds a Ph.D from the London School of Economics. His recent research is devoted to the political economy of peace and conflict, with special references to African civil wars and to transnational terrorism. He has published among others in such journals as Defence and Peace Economics, Journal of African Economies, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Peace Research, Peace Economics, Peace Science, and Public Policy and Public Choice.

Véronique Thelen is Assistant Professor at the University of Rennes 1, France and a member of CREM (Centre de recherche en Economie et Management). She holds a PhD from the Toulouse School of Economics. She has published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Regulatory Economics and Public Choice.