A very serious and terrifying aspect of contemporary society is the ever-present threat of terrorist activity. Understanding this ominous kind of threat is the best way to prepare for it, and this book provides rich insight into: the definitions and classifications of terrorism; the impact of international events on terrorism in the United States; trends in domestic terrorism; infiltration by foreign terrorist groups; media and terrorism; reducing the risk and deterrents; and current trends and projects for the future.
Chapter 8: An International Legislative Approach to 21st-Century Terrorism
An International Legislative Approach to 21st-Century Terrorism
[T]ransnational criminality has become one of the most pressing problems confronting contemporary society. … [V]iolence within nations and across national boundaries strains public institutions because of the social and political upheaval it causes, most brutally epitomized in terrorism. … [Terrorism] can no longer be tackled by Governments individually. Its political, economic, social, cultural and human costs can only be substantially reduced by nations acting in concert.
AUTHOR'S NOTE: Special thanks to Sharad Khandelwal, a 3rd-year law student at the University of Michigan Law School, for his critical research and analysis of international criminal law and policy.
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