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Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Terrorism and lack of freedom

A study done by Prof. Abadie says there is no link between poverty and terrorism. He however found a strong link between political freedom and terrorism. The high level of terrorism was especially visible in countries with medium level of political freedom. On the other hand:

Like those with much political freedom, nations at the other extreme - with tightly controlled autocratic governments - also experienced low levels of terrorism.

"When you go from an autocratic regime and make the transition to democracy, you may expect a temporary increase in terrorism," Abadie said.

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