Assaf Moghadam

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Foreign Policy Essay

The Foreign Policy Essay: Drivers of Terrorist Innovation—Al Qaeda and the Case of 9/11

Editor’s Note: Terrorist groups typically rely on tried and true tactics such as shootings, bombings, and of course suicide attacks. These and a handful of other methods represent the vast majority of terrorist attacks as many groups are loath to risk failure by trying something new. Because defenses focus on foiling these tactics, innovation can be tremendously effective, allowing a terrorist group to kill more people, grab headlines around the world, or otherwise advance its cause.