Counterterrorism: Punjab a case study

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Several explanations emphasizing historical events have been advanced to explain the rise of Sikh terrorism. However, there has been little use of theories/models or quantitative empirical data to explain both the rise and decline of the Sikh terrorist movement. This thesis adapts Corrado's nomothetic anti-state terrorism model in order to explain the rise and decline of Sikh anti-state terrorism. It also incorporates empirical data to explain long term trends in Sikh violence. As well, this thesis modifies Corrado's counterterrorism model in order to increase its conceptual scope. Finally, several counterterrorism variables are identified as crucial to reducing terrorist violence. The new model is heavily influenced by counterterrorism measures implemented by the Indian government and security forces during the Punjab conflict. This new counterterrorism model identifies concrete steps that various levels of government or agencies can implement in order to prevent the rise of anti-state terrorism or reduce terrorist violence.
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