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Terrorized into compliance: Why countries submit to financial counterterrorism
by Lula, Karolina, Ph.D., Rutgers The State University of New Jersey - Newark, 2014, 162; 3613909
Abstract (Summary)

Today’s terrorism threat is global. For this reason, academics and policy makers underscore the importance of a multilateral counterterrorism response. Surprisingly little research examines the determinants of multilateral counterterrorism cooperation. In this study, I employ an original dataset to estimate the determinants of counterterrorism cooperation. I proxy multilateral cooperation in terms of whether governments comply with the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism, an important instrument for stemming the financing of international terrorist activities. What are the determinants of variation in country compliance with financial counterterrorism? To answer this research question, I employ a mixed methods approach. First, I use an ordered logit model to examine several hypotheses in the literature to predict compliance rates, including the magnitude and intensity of violence against the target country and its regime type and capability. I find that across model specifications, United States influence, in terms of bilateral trade, has a highly statistically significant effect on country compliance. Second, I process trace the causal mechanism by examining primary source documents. My findings have several policy implications— mainly that trade is an effective counterterrorism tool.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kennedy, Leslie W.
School: Rutgers The State University of New Jersey - Newark
Department: Graduate School - Newark
School Location: United States -- New Jersey
Source: DAI-A 75/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: International Relations, Political science
Keywords: Bargaining, Compliance, Cooperation, Counterterrorism, Economic statecraft, Fatf, Financial action task force, Hegemony, International convention for the suppression of the financing of terrorism, International law, International organizations, Multilateralism, Political violence, Terrorism, Terrorism financing, Trade, Treaty, U.s., United states, United states influence
Publication Number: 3613909
ISBN: 978-1-303-77867-4
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