What is terrorism?

  • (noun): The calculated use of violence (or threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimindation or coercion or instilling fear.
    Synonyms: act of terrorism, terrorist act


Terrorism is the systematic use of terror, often violent, especially as a means of coercion. In the international community, however, terrorism has no legally binding, criminal law definition. Common definitions of terrorism refer only to those violent acts which are intended to create fear (terror), are perpetrated for a religious, political or, ideological goal; and deliberately target or disregard the safety of non-combatants (civilians). Some definitions now include acts of unlawful violence and war. The use of similar tactics by criminal organizations for protection rackets or to enforce a code of silence is usually not labeled terrorism though these same actions may be labeled terrorism when done by a politically motivated group. Perhaps, it is less oppressive in itself than through the effects of the precautions taken to protect its likely victims.

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Mia Bloom
... Terror, a critically acclaimed study on suicide terrorism and Bombshell Women and Terrorism ... International Center for the Study of Terrorism at Penn State ... Bloom is known for her work on suicide terrorism, women and terrorism, the growing phenomenon of child terrorists, the radicalization of Muslims in Europe and America, and the ...
Jonathan Evans (MI5 Officer) - Biography
... dealing with internal and personnel security, before switching to domestic counter-terrorism in the late 1980s ... Evans moved to G-Branch, the section of MI5 which deals with international terrorism ... There he became an expert on al-Qaeda and other branches of Islamic terrorism ...
Terrorism Databases
... The following terrorism databases are or were made publicly available for research purposes, and track specific acts of terrorism MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base Global Terrorism ...
The Jamestown Foundation - Current Activities
... Currently, its primary focus is on China, Eurasia, Russia and global terrorism ... As of 2008, its publications were Eurasia Daily Monitor, Global Terrorism Analysis, China Brief, North Caucasus Weekly, (formerly Chechnya Weekly) and Recent From Turkey ... Korea Review, Russia and Eurasia Review, Russia’s Week, Spotlight on Terror, Terrorism Focus and Terrorism Monitor ...
National Counter-Terrorism Action Group
... The National Counter-Terrorism Action Group (NCTAG) (Filipino Pambansang Lupon ng Pagsasagawa Laban sa Terorismo) (PLPLT) was formed on November 27, 2007, with ... It is an anti-terrorist body under the Philippine Anti-Terrorism Council ...