Terrorism I: Definition andScope of the Terrorist ThreatRob Moser • Pat McDonald
Terrorism I: Introduction •What made 9/11 a historical watershed event? How did it change US foreign policy goals, American public opinion on the tradeoff between security and liberty, domestic security levels due to increased vulnerability, and the balance between executive and legislative authority over foreign policy?•According to the Byford reading and lecture, what are the complications associated with defining terrorism? What does Byford mean when he suggests the U.S. should put “interests first, goals second, means third” when constructing a counter-terrorism strategy? •How are terrorist groups different from other types of threats to U.S. national interests? Are terrorist groups rational? Compare and contrast the arguments for and against the idea that terrorist groups are rational political actors.