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Volume III Issue I 2017

Volume III Issue I 2017

Year:2017 Volume III Issue I

Print ISSN :2454-6542,Online ISSN:2454-6542

Received on:, Accepted On:

Vineeth Thomas
Doctoral Fellow Department of Politics and International Studies Pondicherry University,Puducherry, India

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Terrorism is one of the important buzzword of the modern century. Beyond obvious connection with the national security, terrorism has now become a multifaceted one with its far reaching implications in various sectors of life. It can be defined as the employment of violence and other coercive methods on a government to accept specific demands. Regardless of the definition, the central mechanism in all terrorism is the fear it evokes in a target population. Though terrorism is an age old phenomenon, it has acquired new dimensions in view of technological advancement and societal changes. The nature, targets and rhetoric of international terrorism have changed dramatically since the end of the cold war and the emergence of globalisation. Terrorism is no longer a domestic phenomenon but global in scope and reach. The harm caused by international terrorist movement has been described as 'transnational harm' that poses a serious challenge to national and international security. No state in this world is immune to the threat of terrorism. This beleaguered character of nation states undergirds the fact that terrorism cannot be countered by a single nation. A multilateral strategy has be devised out to check this threat. In this context, this paper intends to analyse the characteristic features and definition of terrorism. It also explains the causes and consequences of terrorism. It pinpoint some of the types of terrorism existing in the contemporary era. This paper finally makes an attempt to answer the question on how the problem of terrorism can be addressed by adopting preventive and empowering measures at multi-lateral level.


Terrorism, Multilateral Strategy,Transnational Harm, Violence