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From Old to New Terrorism: The Changing Nature of International Security

Author(s): Mahdi Mohammad Nia

Journal: Globality Studies Journal : Global History, Society, Civilization
ISSN 1557-0266

Volume: 2010;
Issue: 18/June 1;
Start page: 27;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Definitions of terrorism | International security | Motivation | New terrorism | Old terrorism | Victims | Violence

The challenge of terrorism dominates debate in contemporary security literature. Some scholars believe that the evolution of terrorism represents continuity rather than change and others emphasize the advent of a new form of terrorism. This article discusses some of the issues that distinguish the “new” from the “old” terrorism and argues that global security has been affected by a transformation of the nature of war and the transition from old to new terrorism, which presents markedly different challenges than traditional state-to-state security threats. Thus, the terrorism concept is subjected to a revision in relation to goals, capabilities and the dimension of threats.
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