As a result of the previous discussion I suggest to understand terrorism as:

an indirect strategy of using fear or terror induced by violent attacks or force (or the threat of its use) against one group of people (direct target) or their property as a means to intimidate and coerce another group of people (indirect target) and influence their actions in order to reach further political objectives. Terrorist acts are the violent acts that form part of such a strategy.


Armed Conflict Terrorist Group Terrorist Actor Philosophical Enquiry Political Objective 
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© Anne Schwenkenbecher 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anne Schwenkenbecher
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  1. 1.The University of MelbourneAustralia

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