BRUCE HOFFMAN. 2006. INSIDE TERRORISM. NEW YORK: COLUMBUA UNIVERSITY PRESS, ISBN 9780231126991
1. What is terrorism? Why is it difficult to define terrorism? Discuss the strategies terrorists adopt to fulfill their goals. Are they rational actors? Support your answer with facts and logical arguments.
2. What is the relationship between government type and terrorism? Are democracies more vulnerable to terrorist attacks than non-democracies? Support your answer with logical arguments. Add a short note on the interdependence between media and terrorism.
Although there is no formal definition of terrorism, majority of people world over typically associate the words terrorism and terrorists with acts of violence that are used unlawfully to intimidate in pursuance of political gain. Terrorists do not act at random, but rather use violence to maximize on fear and publicity with a specific goal in mind. In most cases, the government is at the center of attack with a constitutional mandate to protect his citizens. This paper will explore the existing strategies that are often employed by terrorist to advance their mission. Crucial to this paper will also to look at the relationship between the government and the type of terrorism.