Publication Date

Summer 2004

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




Hebert, Christopher

Subject Areas

History; International law; International relations; Criminology


This thesis undertakes an examination of the social and historical contexts that lead to the continuation and maintenance of terrorist organizations using a cross-national, historical, and comparative analysis. In order to identify the conditions under which terrorist actions emerge or fail to emerge, four pairs of nations were chosen, (a) Libya and Egypt, (b) Iran and Saudi Arabia, (c) Syria and Jordan, and (d) North Korea and South Korea. One of each pair is designated by the United States Government as a state sponsor of terrorism.

While no conclusive findings were obtained from this research, it did reach important preliminary findings on the characteristics of state sponsors of terrorism. Further research is needed to determine the effects of colonization and the importance of economy on each state sponsor of terrorism.