Asymmetries in Dealing with Terrorism,
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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The notion that state-sponsored terrorism was a mode of conflict among nations was at one time a controversial idea that was often resisted. Indeed, in an essay that I wrote for DNA some time ago called New Mode of Conflict - speculative essay filled with assertions notions and ideas. When we review terrorism over the last 10 or 15 years, the first thing we confront is a paradox. The paradox is that desptie governments success in combating terrorist elements in various countries, the total volume of terrorist activity in recent years has increased. It hasnt gone down, its gone up. There has been a decline in some countries, but overall the level of terroist violence has increased. The first 4 years of the 1980s showed an average annual increase in international terrorist incidents of approximately 17 percent. The number of such incidents that occur each year has increased about fourfold since the Munich attack in 1972, when we first began our research on this topic. This statistic on the increase in incidents of terrorism is based on Rands chronology of international terrorism.