Game Theory as an Approach to Successful Terrorist Negotiation Policy
Kowalski, Sean K.
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The goal of this paper is to provide an indepth understanding of the negotiation process surrounding an episode in which a person or group captures persons or property and demands some reciprocal action in exchange for safe release. Its focus is on the triangular interaction between first, the victim, who is being threatened by the hostage-takers and is dependent on the state for protection, next the state or government, that must provide the protection while answering the demands issued by the final actor, the hostage-takers. The analytical method utilized is primarily mathematical. Specifically, the concepts of game theory, a relatively new approach to such problems, are used. The result is a model that simulates the bargaining that takes place in hostage situations. The paper's goal will then be satisfied when the model is applied. If the model fails to yield any useful realistic results, then its short-comings should indicate important elements in hostage situations. On the other hand, if the model works as designed, its results should make some descriptive, prescriptive, and predictive conclusions possible. At any rate, the objective can be realized.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email email@example.com to request access to this SIP.