December 10, 2010
Journal Article, International Security, issue 3, volume 35
Mia Bloom responds to Bradley Thayer and Valerie Hudson's Spring 2010 International Security article, "Sex and the Shaheed: Insights from the Life Sciences on Islamic Suicide Terrorism."
Journal Article, International Security, issue 4, volume 34
Conventional explanations for suicide terrorism, which center on international anarchy, U.S. intervention in Islamic nations, and religious approval for suicide terrorism, do not sufficiently describe this phenomenon. The life sciences offer explanations that explore the influence of high levels of gender differentiation, polygyny, and obstructed Middle Eastern marriage markets on Islamic suicide terrorism. Combining conventional and life sciences explanations offers greater insight into the causes of Islamic suicide terrorism and the motivation of suicide attacks, allowing policymakers to develop better approaches to counter this threat.
Journal Article, International Security, issue 3, volume 33
A multidisciplinary theoretical and empirical investigation of the “women and peace” thesis not only proves that the physical security and well being of women is directly linked to the security of the state, but it explains more of the variance in state peacefulness than do conventional measures such as level of democracy, level of wealth, and preponderance of Islamic civilization. Scholars and policymakers would therefore do best to analyze the security of women when considering the linkage between state security and peacefulness.
What happens to a society that has too many men? In this provocative book, Valerie Hudson and Andrea den Boer argue that, historically, high male-to-female ratios often trigger domestic and international violence. Most violent crime is committed by young unmarried males who lack stable social bonds. Although there is not always a direct cause-and-effect relationship, these surplus men often play a crucial role in making violence prevalent within society.
Journal Article, International Security, issue 4, volume 26
The authors trace the rise in offspring sex selection in China and India that has resulted in a "surplus" of young men. They argue that such surpluses of men increase the potential for internal and external violence, while diminishing the prospects for democracy.