State Sponsored Terrorism

DefinitionTerrorism is generally understood as an organized violent act by non-state actors against unarmed civilians to create mass fear in a targeted state. But terrorism is also committed by a sovereign country or a governments, both domestically and internationally. State-sponsored terrorism literally implies a state’s use or support of terrorism against another state or against its own people. Since terrorism has essentially become an international phenomenon over the last three decades, the expression ‘state-sponsored terrorism’ is now commonly used to describe a state’s support of international terrorism. Any country that deliberately employs terrorism or aids and abets terrorist groups as an instrument of its foreign policy against another country is categorized as a state sponsor of terrorism or simply a terrorist state.Before placing state-sponsored terrorism as a specifically international phenomenon in a theoretical perspective and explaining its historical…

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Ishtiaq Ahmad

Dr Ahmad previously served as Assistant Professor/Vice Chair of International Relations, Eastern Mediterranean University, North Cyprus; Senior Research Fellow, Area Study Centre, Quaid-i-Azam...