There is broad agreement on the core meaning of the term ‘terrorism’, but considerable disagreement about its delimitation.
Terrorism can be seen as strategic actions in which violence or threat of violence is used to create fear, gain attention for a cause, or coerce another party to give in to certain demands. The aim is to achieve effects on others beside the direct victims or targets of the violence. Some analysts reserve the term for non-state actors, while others include state terrorism. Some define acts as terrorism only if the actions are directed at civilian targets, while others include all non-combatants (including military targets not involved in the combat). At NUPI, research on terrorism has concentrated especially on the European rim from North Africa to the Caucasus region, and our main instrument for this research is the research programme the Terror Consortium.
Some questions we seek to answer:
- What are the linkages between terrorism, organized crime, weak states and new forms of organized violence?
- How to distinguish between terrorists and freedom fighters?
- What are the political implications of how the various insurgence groups are defined?
News about terrorism
3 Oct 2016
What makes some conflicts difficult to engage in, while others are seen as logical, even necessary?
Publications about terrorism
- Publication : ARTIKKEL_POP
: NUPI Policy Brief
2016Gravely affected by the Syrian crisis, Lebanon has managed to remain relatively stable against all odds – despite the influx of some 1.5 million Syrian refugees and internal political crisis involving actors who support opposing Syrian factions. Lebanon’s resilience can be explained by the high opportunity...
How does war become a legitimate undertaking? Re-engaging the post-structuralist foundation of securitization theory2016Abstract How does war become a legitimate undertaking? This article challenges the interpretation of securitization as a narrow, linear and intentional event by re-engaging the post-structuralist roots of Copenhagen School securitization theory. To uncover the social process that makes war acceptable,...
Research projects about terrorism
2016 - 2017 (Ongoing)
The project examines the geopolitical consequences of a large-scale transition to renewable energy, both in terms of the fading of old energy and geopolitical patterns and systems and the emergence of...
2014 - 2018 (Ongoing)
How can Norwegian society best be protected, when increasing numbers of citizens are found outside the borders of the state?
2012 - 2015 (Completed)
The project aims to create an arena for learning and dialogue between MA and PhD students with an interrest in the North Caucasus and give them an opportunity to establish contact with scholars working...