Spatial and temporal diffusion of political violence in North and West Africa

David B. Skillicorn, Olivier J. Walther, Quan Zheng, Christian Leuprecht

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Abstract

This chapter explores the spatial and temporal diffusion of political violence in North and West Africa since 1997. Focusing on the distance and time between attacks and taking into consideration the transaction costs that state boundaries impose, the contribution analyzes what induces a group leader to attack at a location other than the one that would seem to yield the greatest overt payoff. The result is a “map” of North and West Africa that reflects the impact of distance, borders and time upon a group’s actions, a necessary step toward principles planning, prepositioning and response to transnational threats.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAfrican border disorders
Subtitle of host publicationAddressing transnational extremist organizations
EditorsOlivier J Walther, William F.S Miles
Place of PublicationLondon, United Kingdom
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Chapter4
Pages87-112
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9781351680127
ISBN (Print)9781315166483
Publication statusPublished - 01 Sep 2017

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    Skillicorn, D. B., Walther, O. J., Zheng, Q., & Leuprecht, C. (2017). Spatial and temporal diffusion of political violence in North and West Africa. In O. J. Walther, & W. F. S. Miles (Eds.), African border disorders: Addressing transnational extremist organizations (pp. 87-112). Taylor & Francis.