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YOU ASKED: US COUNTER TERRORISM STRATEGY VS UK COUNTER TERRORISM STRATEGY

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Looking back on the past 15 years, there is little doubt that the 9/11 attacks profoundly altered the landscape of international security. Although terrorism is by no means a new phenomenon, (it has existed since 66AD with the sicarii, a splinter group of the Hebrew Zealots, whose activities easily fall within the scope of terrorism), the September 11 attacks certainly marked the end of an era and the beginning of another. While the association of transnational terrorism with Islam pre-dated 9/11, was often narrowly limited to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the association of Arabs and Muslims in general with terrorism became the quintessential stereotype evoked in all international security debates, following the 9/11 attacks. Despite the fact that there is no universal agreement regarding the definition of terrorism (as it is dependent on individual worldviews, belief continua and personal experiences) and the debate continues to be contentious, most people agree that terrorism -…

YOU ASKED : IS TERRORISM -REALLY- A RATIONAL CHOICE??? THE RATIONAL CHOICE THEORY CONTINUUM

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The study of terrorism has always been a complex, challenging and multifarious task. Though Terrorism Studies were largely part of a niche epistemic community –at least for the first part of the 20th century-, after 9/11 the multidisciplinary field of terrorism experienced tremendous growth. The unprecedented attacks of September 11th provoked a vivid interest from counter-terrorism related research communities and previous attacks were reevaluated in order (for experts) to gain further insight into the ever-changing international security milieu. The increased frequency and wide persistence of acts of terrorism in all its forms has transformed the erstwhile fledgling field of terrorism into the “haut” field, more popular than ever. The common narrative propelled by the media is that terrorism actually represents a psychopathology and conventional wisdom often portrays terrorists as insane and/or psychopaths, who commit indiscriminate acts of violence, without any larger goal beyond re…