Terrorism – definition, evolution & root causes

Defining Terrorism The term terrorism is mired in a definitional quagmire. Although several definitions have been postulated by experts, policy makers and security agencies; no consensus has been reached. This lack of definition has rendered the term an “opportunistic appropriation” (Saul, 2008, P. 3); and an “essentially contested concept” – “concepts the proper use of … Read more

The normal criminal justice system should be used for countering terrorism

In 2000, The Terrorism Act was introduced to remedy problems of increased terrorism. In this Act “terrorism” means the use or threat of action where– (a) the action falls within subsection (2)….. (5) In this Act a reference to action taken for the purposes of terrorism includes a reference to action taken for the benefit … Read more

The changing image of and support for the IRA

Directly after Bloody Sunday, the narrative of victimhood emerged in the nationalist movement, emphasizing the lives lost during the march and the bloodshed caused by the British army. That was one of the pivotal events that created a cycle of violence between the unionists and nationalists, especially with the resurgence of the IRA. However, despite … Read more

9/11 fear and distrust

In popular media, the portrayal and aftermath of 9/11 resulted in stories and documentaries depicting people distrusting “the other” and even their own governments. After 9/11, many people felt paranoid that intruders from other countries would continue to bring war on US soil. This prompted many US citizens to sign-up for the draft and fight … Read more

State support of terrorism as a foreign policy strategy

Once considered a tool of extremists and radical groups, terrorism has grown to be accepted, supported and used by some states as a legitimate foreign policy strategy. While there is a plethora of reasons why states may turn to terrorism as a means of achieving their goals, much of the reasoning behind state and state-sponsored … Read more


The definition of the term ‘terrorism’ has fuelled a major debate for scholars who deem the work to have alternative meanings as the definition of the work differs considerably depending on the context and the producer of the text it is used in. Nevertheless, for the purpose of this essay, Terrorism is the unlawful use … Read more

Forms of terrorism – definitions, causes, impact

Forms of terrorism have been prominent throughout history dating back to the eleventh century and farther in order to change the flow of politics by the use of extreme violence such as destruction, persecution, and assassinations. Even in our modern times the same ideology is relevant, however, terrorism has been exponentially radicalized creating even more … Read more

A critical review of Contemporary Terrorism and the War on Terror (Colin Wight)

A critical review of Contemporary Terrorism and the War on Terror”, chapter 8 of Colin Wight, Rethinking Terrorism: Terrorism, Violence and the State, (London, Macmillan Palgrave, 2015) pp. 193-220. Colin Wight begins by defining terrorism, in particular the he focuses on Islamic terrorism and specifically Al Qaeda’s history and modus operandi  The author states defining … Read more

Importance of International Humanitarian Law in armed conflict regarding terrorism

Chapter one 1.0. Background of study Terrorism is no more a new occurrence is the world but systematic tool to inflict terror and vulnerability in a society with the motive of achieving political objectives. It majorly attracts attention through frightening of people and ones this becomes successful, there would definitely be a significant human and … Read more