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Thursday, 17 November 2011

Why is Terrorism So Hard to Define?

There were many debates concerning extremism prior to 9/11, but it was those watershed attacks that propelled terrorism into the forefront of contemporary consciousness. However, despite such public spotlight there is no concrete, universally accepted definition of terrorism, and they vary from state to state and between law enforcement departments. In a world where national security is of paramount significance, the political and legal need for an agreed upon definition is pressing, for effective counter-terrorism strategies cannot be implemented, guidelines for the prosecution of terror suspects cannot be reached, and international cooperation cannot be strengthened without one.