Introduction to International Relations_Towns_Date_020110

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TERRORISM Warfare is typically waged between regular armies of opposing states; more recently, we are increasingly faced with asymmetric warfare o Asymmetric warfare: armed conflict between belligerents of vastly unequal military strength, in which the weaker side is often a nonstate actor that relies on unconventional tactics In modern context, the United States’ Armed Forces fighting terrorist networks such as al Qaeda is an example “Political terrorism is the deliberate use or threat of violence against noncombatants, calculated to instill fear, alarm and ultimately a feeling of helplessness in an audience beyond the immediate victims” o Although premeditated, it’s designed to appear spontaneous, unpredictable and inevitable o Can be used by the establishment to maintain order (examples include the Nazi Gestapo and various “death squads”), but more frequently seem to be aimed towards changing the status quo Examples include: Anti-colonial movements o MPLA (Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola)
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This note was uploaded on 08/30/2010 for the course POSC 240 taught by Professor Denemark during the Spring '08 term at University of Delaware.

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