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April Johnson

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Publication Date

September 2016


The political community's research comes across as inconclusive in regard to the relationship between liberty and terrorism, given the differing opinions on what defines 'liberty' and 'terrorism.' Having stated that, this research tries to the idea of religious liberty in regards to overall terrorism. Most research up to 2016 has been done on terrorist data after 2001 until 2010 (in some cases 2012.) This research expands to the year 2014 to analyze the connection between religious oppression by country governments and their effect on the number of terror attacks in each country in the span of one year. My research does not support my hypothesis that there is a relationship between these two variables, however, other religious factors included as controls showed a surprising positive correlation with the number of terror attacks in 2014.