What is Terrorism? Definitions, History, Causes and Types of Terrorism
From Amy Zalman, Ph.D., former About.com Guide
Start here for quick answers to your questions about terrorism basics.
"One man's terrorist is another's freedom fighter," goes an often-quoted saying that aptly describes the difficulty of defining terrorism. Here are some of the efforts to date.
- United States Department of Defense
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
- Arab Convention for the Suppression of Terrorism
Causes of Terrorism
The proposed causes of terrorism range from individual upbringing to economic conditions. Here are some of those ways.
- The Two Causes of Terrorism
- Why the Causes of Terrorism Are So Difficult to Identify
- Poverty as a Cause
Terrorist Tactics & Weapons
Terrorist tactics and weapons reflect the underground, unsanctioned nature of the activity. Light arms, improvised weapons and ingenious tactics are typical.