News release from IPFW:
Effects of Terrorist Attacks Analyzed in IPFW Professors’ New Book
(October 13, 2015) â€” James Lutz, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), has written a chapter along with his wife, Brenda, for a new scholarly book on terrorism and its effects on global economies. The chapter, “Tourists as Targets in the Middle East and North Africa,” appears in Karin Glaser (ed.), Terrorism and the Economy: Impacts on the Capital Market and the Global Tourism Industry (Den Haag, Netherlands: Eleven, 2015), pp. 137-154.
The overall book analyzes the effects that terrorist attacks have on national economies. The chapter by Dr. Brenda J. Lutz and Professor James M. Lutz looks at the effects that terrorism has had on various countries in the Middle East and North Africa in the past and what might be some of the effects in the future.
The tourist industry has been one of the economic activities that have been targeted by violent dissident groups. A number of groups in the Middle East and North Africa have relied on terrorist attacks against tourists as part of their efforts to achieve their political objectives. This type of terrorist targeting, as well as other types of violence related to conflicts, has had negative effects on tourism.
The Lutzes are considered authorities on terrorism. It’s a popular subject, particularly in the context of 9/11 and the ensuing U.S.-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. But the Lutzes’ interest in terrorism began long before those events.
“Our research has a lot to do with the way we look at terrorismâ€”not just the Middle East, not just Islam, and not just 9/11,” James Lutz says. “All of those are part of a broader context. These are very significant political issuesâ€”not just to our government but governments around the world.”