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Percentage of U.S. citizens fearing to become a victim of a terrorist attack. Figure by author, data collected by Gallup (2017) 

Percentage of U.S. citizens fearing to become a victim of a terrorist attack. Figure by author, data collected by Gallup (2017) 

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While realist theory suggests that power is the sole determinant of victory in conflicts, many wars throughout history have challenged this assumption. When examining asymmetric conflicts, it is observable that in many cases, strong actors are defeated by their weaker adversaries despite military superiority. The war in Afghanistan provides a conve...