How to Define Terrorism

Providing Analytical Understanding: No ConsensusTerrorist insurgencies, in all their configurations and local conflicts, constitute some of the primary warfare threats facing the international community. This was especially the case following September 2001, when al Qaeda demonstrated that it had world class ambitions to inflict catastrophic damages on its adversaries. In other conflicts, such as the Palestinian-Israeli arena, terrorist rebellions are primarily localized. Because of the worldwide reach of al Qaida and its affiliates, including the emergence of al Qaeda-inspired “homegrown” cells and groups in Western Europe, North America, and elsewhere, many nations have been upgrading their homeland security defenses and calling on their academic communities to provide analytical understanding of the nature and magnitude of the threat and how to counteract and resolve it. As a result, terrorism courses, research institutes and certificate programs have been proliferating at…

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Joshua Sinai

Dr. Joshua Sinai is a Principal Analyst at Kiernan Group Holdings (KGH), in Alexandria, VA (, where he specializes in terrorism, counterterrorism, and homeland security studies....