International Terrorism

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Homeland Security

International terrorism refers to acts of terrorism that are carried out by individuals or groups that are not limited to one particular country or region and which have an impact beyond the borders of any one nation.

International terrorism can take many forms, including bombings, hijackings, hostage-taking, and cyber attacks. It is typically characterized by violence or the threat of violence to achieve political or ideological objectives, often directed at civilians or non-combatants.

International terrorism can be carried out by various actors, including state-sponsored groups, religious extremist organizations, separatist movements, and criminal organizations. These groups may operate across multiple countries, using a variety of tactics and strategies to achieve their goals.

The impact of international terrorism can be far-reaching, causing significant loss of life and property damage, as well as long-term economic, social, and psychological effects. In addition to the direct impact of terrorist attacks, international terrorism can have broader geopolitical consequences, including the destabilization of governments, the rise of extremist ideologies, and the erosion of civil liberties.

The international community has taken various measures to combat international terrorism, including establishing international legal frameworks, deploying military and law enforcement resources, and developing international intelligence-sharing and cooperation mechanisms. However, the threat of international terrorism remains a persistent and evolving challenge, requiring ongoing vigilance and adaptation by governments and international organizations.

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Last Modified: 03/09/2023


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