The role of terrorism in twenty-first-century warfare

By Susanne Martin and Leonard Weinberg

The role of terrorism in twenty-first-century warfare


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-7849-9409-9
  • Pages: 288
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £19.99
  • Published Date: December 2016
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / Warfare & defence, Society & social sciences / Terrorism, armed struggle, International Relations, Terrorism, armed struggle, Warfare & defence, Armed conflict, POLITICAL SCIENCE / General, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Terrorism, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Security (National & International), Armed Conflict
  • Series: New Directions in Terrorism Studies


This book presents a critical reflection on the major armed conflicts that occurred during the 1990s and the first decade of the twenty-first century. Conflicts in Bosnia, Kosovo, Chechnya, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria all involved the use of terrorism by one or more groups. Looking to the future, the book asks what this means for violent conflicts yet to come?

Using a variety of case studies, the authors provide a systematic and comprehensive analysis of the role played by terrorism as a stand-alone tactic as well as one used to ignite broad-scale conflict. They also pose the question on what occasions does terrorism tend to occur as an armed conflict begins to subside, and when, in other words, is it a trailing indicator?


1. The 'new' terrorism in warfare
2. The logic of our approach: data and measurement
3. Terrorism as a 'leading indicator': insurgents' use of terrorism at the initial stages
4. Terrorism as a tactic of wider-scale warfare
5. Terrorism after wars: the weapon of the weakest?
6. Conclusions and forecasts


Susanne Martin is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Nevada

Leonard Weinberg is Foundation Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at the University of Nevada

The role of terrorism in twenty-first-century warfare

By Susanne Martin, Leonard Weinberg

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