Terrorism and Insurgency Revisited

  • 2017

Terrorism and Insurgency Revisited

Author:
Brittany Biglari
Abstract:

Terrorism and insurgencies as strategies, have been conducted on behalf of states and have occurred within states, by non-state entities in the Middle East. While the contexts of terrorism and those of an insurgency are distinct in its features, there is much contention surrounding the application, as terrorists have waged both terrorism and an insurgency at the same time in efforts to shape varying political outcomes.

This paper will seek to explore the differences between insurgencies and terrorism as strategies specifically within Iraq, and the West's counterinsurgency and counterterrorism responses in addressing such issues, specifically through the use of force and repressive responses. Furthermore, this paper will explore how counterinsurgency and counterterrorism approaches are conducted in accordance to international law, and any implications which occur as a result of this application, in terms of the West's capacity to respond.