Motivation of Terrorists

Albert Borowitz and Marc Sageman, who have written books about terrorism, discussed the motivation behind terrorist… read more

Albert Borowitz and Marc Sageman, who have written books about terrorism, discussed the motivation behind terrorist acts. Mr. Borowitz used Greek literature to explain that terrorism is triggered by a need to be famous. Using charts and graphs, Mr. Sageman discussed his research of over 400 terrorist biographies and offered his solutions for defeating global terrorism. Following their separate presentations, both authors responded to questions and comments from members of the audience. Mr. Earnest introduced the guests and moderated the event.

Mr. Borowitz is the author of Terrorism for Self-Glorification: The Herostratos Syndrome, published by Kent State University Press. Marc Sageman, who testified before the 9/11 Commission on his Al Qaeda findings, is the author of Understanding Terror Networks, published by University of Pennsylvania Press. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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190022-1
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Public Affairs Event
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Forum
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Nov 19, 2005
Last Aired:
Dec 17, 2005

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  • Nov 19, 2005 | 9:14am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Nov 21, 2005 | 6:14am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Dec 17, 2005 | 12:15pm EST | C-SPAN 2
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