There are over one hundred legal definitions of terrorism and little international agreement on how to interpret the term. To be comprehensive: terrorism is “the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.”

“Groups that are designated as terrorist organizations by states and international organizations are not monolithic. They are not shaped by the tactics that they employ but by their objectives, culture, operating environment and ideology”.

Key insights

  • Terror attacks will mainly impact the most fragile areas, deepening or prolonging insecurity