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Terrorism against Multinational Corporations: Differences after the Cold War

  • Clint Peinhardt
Thursday 23 May 2019
Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden

Multinational corporations (MNCs) seem increasingly worried about the threat of political violence. From 2011-2015, political risk insurers paid much more towards political violence claims than to expropriation or contract breach combined. And yet, an examination of data on terrorism reveals only a small fraction of terrorist attacks are perpetrated against MNCs.

Clint Peinhardt (UT Dallas) will examine terrorist attacks against MNCs, and will show that the determinants of terrorist attacks against MNCs mirror broader determinants of transnational terrorism. Terror attacks during the Cold War, however, differ in both absolute number and in motivations. For the post-Cold-War era, Peinhardt offers specific conclusions about when and where MNCs should be most concerned about the threat of terrorism.

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