Terrorist groups and civilian populations are often forced to interact with one another due to their proximity to each other. The purpose of this study is to find out the types of relationships that occur between terrorist groups and civilians as well as find out what factors motivate each relationship. To do so, three case studies will be performed on three different terrorist groups located in different parts of the world. An examination of Boko Haram, Hamas and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) will be conducted to determine some of the factors which cause each terrorist group to display certain behaviors to civilians in the area. While it is extremely difficult to know all of the reasons which motivate how a person or group makes a decision, this study only seeks to test three factors: leadership styles, fundamental group values, and resources.


N'Diaye, Boubacar


Political Science


International Relations


Friend, Foe, Study, Terrorist, Group, Behavior, Towards, Local, Civilian, Populations, Terrorism, Boko Haram, Hamas, FARC

Publication Date


Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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