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Some terrorist groups last a year or less, while others wreak havoc for decades. Variation in the longevity of these groups is an important topic, but scholars are just beginning to approach the subject in an in-depth manner. Furthermore, all studies of terrorist group longevity have overlooked interorganizational relationships. As with most studies of terrorism, research on longevity has assumed groups are independent—although there are reasons to believe intergroup ties have meaningful consequences. This article attempts to address these two gaps in the literature: the incomplete understanding of terrorist group survival and the general tendency to assume that terrorist groups act independently. In spite of potential risks associated with cooperation, I argue that it can help involved groups mitigate mobilization concerns. Additionally, these relationships contribute to group duration more in states where terrorist groups should otherwise have a harder time surviving—in more capable and in less democratic states. Analyses of new global data support the argument.

Terrorist group longevity is important to understand because as long as terrorist groups exist, they pose a risk to the states in which they operate. Governments are concerned about terrorism generally, but often, conduct counterterrorism with the goal of eliminating specific groups. This research provides some expectations about the likely survival of various groups, depending on attributes such as intergroup ties. ...

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