POLI 244 Lecture Notes - Counter-Terrorism, Guerrilla Warfare, Damages

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Published on 9 Jun 2012
School
McGill University
Department
Political Science
Course
POLI 244
Definitions
The use of violence against non-combattants to terrify societies and achieve political goals
Organized crime is not terrorism
Because it's not set on a political agenda
Guerilla warfare
Targets military personnel
NOT terrorism
Rare form of death
In most countries
Kinds
Public targets
e.g. kidnapping
Remote controlled bombs
Small-arms attacks
Suicide attacks
Potential for worse
Improving weapon technology
Biological/chemical/radiological
Where?
1. Iraq
2. Afghanistan
3. Pakistan
4. Somalia
5. India
6. Rep. of Congo
7. Russia
Causes
General
Tactic
Similar to other kinds of violence
Specific
Pressure on gov. thru civilians
Pressure on civilians themselves
Why?
Groups that tried to make changes in peaceful ways, got repressed, and decided to
be violent
Effects
Loss of human life
More than 50% civilians
Economic damages
Political consequences
Lack of trust in government's ability
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