Terrorism is the premeditated use, or threat of use, of extra-normal violence by non-state outside the context of legitimate warfare with the intention to coerce and intimidate an audience larger than the immediate victims in order to obtain political, economic, religious, or other social objectives through intimidation or fear.
The Global Terrorism Database (GTD) defines terrorism as any action by a non-state actor (usually, a terrorist organization) outside the context of legitimate warfare with the intention to communicate (through the use of violence) with, coerce, or intimidate an audience larger than the immediate victims of a terrorist act, where this act is associated with achieving political, economic, religious, or other social objectives. Especially the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., on September 11, 2001, have sparked a renewed interest in the economic analysis of terrorism and...
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