Forthcoming book: Fighting Terrorism at Source – Using Foreign Aid to Delegate Global Security

Authors: Jean-Paul Azam (TSE, IAST, IDEI) and Véronique Thelen (CREM)
Edward Elgar, 2017

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 key part in inducing recipient governments to protect the donors’ political and economic interests within their sphere of influence. In contrast, United States troops on the ground are counterproductive as they increase the supply of terrorist attacks from the host countries, even though this effect has been significantly reduced by the Obama administration.