Terrorism And Its Impact On Global Politics

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Terrorism has a very significant impact in global politics. The impact on global politics is now more significant than ever before, due to the rise of terrorist organisations such as the Islamic State and al-Qaeda. Terrorists use attacks to create chaos and fear in society, forcing global political reactions to control the threat. Fear created through the media is believed to exaggerate the global threat posed by terrorism. Terrorism is able to dramatically change the scope of global politics forcing states to reconsider many policies including the immigration, spending and defence.

Terrorism is considered very difficult to define, there is no definitive definition of terrorism with governments and organisations offering different definitions. While their is not universal definition for terrorism, the U.S. Department of Defence defines terrorism as ‘The unlawful use of violence or threat of violence to instil fear and coerce governments or societies. Terrorism is often motivated by religious, political, or other ideological beliefs and committed in the pursuit of goals that are usually political.’

Modern terrorism poses many threats to governments over the world, the fear of terrorist attacks has risen with attacks in major cities such as the attacks in Paris, France on 13 November 2015, resulting in 137 deaths, with injuries to a further 368 people. At the time of the attacks Europe was under an migrant crisis with 1.3 million migrants applying for
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