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How new is the new terrorism?: Isabelle Duyvesteyn

ByISABELLE DUYVESTEYN

New terrorism is a concept that has recently been used by many and questioned by few; “Many contemporary studies begin … by stating that although terrorism has always been a feature of social existence, it became ‘signifi cant’ … when it ‘increased in frequency’ and took on ‘novel dimensions’ as an international or transnational activity, creating in the process a new ‘mode of confl ict.’ ”1 This quote makes sense in light of the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, were it not that it was written in the early 1980s describing a situation starting in the 1960s.2 The present generation is thus not the only one perceiving terrorism to be fundamentally new.