Terrorism: Agreeing on the Basics

Author
Ophir Falk
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
American Diplomacy
Volume
2019
Issue Number
2
Publication Date
May 2019
Institution
American Diplomacy
Abstract
Today, after years of modern terrorism and counterterrorism, the international community still does not agree on a single definition of terrorism. Despite the daily threats posed to many states, the definition conundrum prevents an agreed classification that could better facilitate the fight against terrorism and thwart the public legitimacy that most terrorist organizations seek. When a problem is accurately and acceptably defined, it should be easier to solve. Terrorism is an overly used term often heard in different discourses and contexts. It is used by the general public and in the course of academic, political, and legal debates, not to mention constantly referenced in the media. It may not be feasible to verse one universal definition for all discourses, but the term’s key criteria can and should be agreed upon.
Topic
International Law, Politics, Terrorism, Military Affairs, Violence, Hezbollah, White Supremacy
Political Geography
Middle East, Israel, North America, United States of America