This paper explores different factors associated with the apparent urban concentration of terrorist attacks in Egypt (outside Sinai) since July 2013. The effect of socio-economic variables such as unemployment and poverty on terrorism are assessed in addition to other variables like multitude of targets, logistical considerations, and Islamist support base. Using data collected from local media sources, the results presented in this paper show that support for Islamist parties correlates positively with the number of terrorist attacks. Socio-economic factors like poverty and overall unemployment rate appear to have little explanatory value. The results also suggest that the urban-rural divide in the terrorism literature should not be taken at its face value but rather should be adapted to fit the local context.


Public Policy & Administration Department

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Hodgkins, Allison

Committee Member 1

Koehler, Kevin

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Barsoum, Ghada


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Spring 5-23-2016

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