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Is terrorism still a useful analytical term or should it be abandoned?

I should make it clear at the outset that when I was invited to contribute to the debates in this volume it was to write on the utility of the concept of terrorism. I note that the editors wished to change this to ‘the analytical concept’ of terrorism. I intend to stick to the original agreed title because ‘terrorism’ is much broader than an analytical concept: it is a generic concept covering a wide range of phenomena. Of course, academic specialists use it as an analytical tool, but it also has important political, philosophical, psychological, historical, ethical and legal dimensions, which need to be considered.