Changes in United States Foreign Assistance Allocation and its Effect on Terrorism

Smith, Mary Anna (2014) Changes in United States Foreign Assistance Allocation and its Effect on Terrorism. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Dr. Susan Allen from Political Science, University of Mississippi.


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The purpose of this thesis was to study what, if any, affect foreign assistance given by the United States had on terrorism around the world. In order to study this issue, the question, “How have changes in United States foreign assistance allocation since the end of the Cold War affected observable terrorist activities?”. To answer the research question, foreign assistance data from the “United State Overseas Loans and Grants” was compared to observable terrorist activities data from the Global Terrorism Database. This data was analyzed through statistical regression to find that there are fewer observable terrorist activities when more foreign aid is given. Statistical analysis also found that only a small percentage of the reduction in terrorist activities can be explained by increases in foreign aid. The conclusion reached by this study was that terrorism is a multi-faceted threat that cannot be successfully reduced with the use of one method. Rather, combatting terrorism requires a strategy just as complex as terrorism itself.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Smith, Mary Anna
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. in International Studies and Spanish
Thesis Advisor: Dr. Susan Allen
Thesis Advisor's Department: Political Science
Institution: University of Mississippi
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Depositing User: Mary Anna Smith
Date Deposited: 09 May 2014 14:55
Last Modified: 09 May 2014 14:55

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