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The word “terrorism” no longer captures the threat we face

Violent attacks look less and less like terrorism as we know it 

By Raffaello Pantucci  

Photo: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

We think of terrorism as acts of violence in advance of a cause. Yet, look at recent attacks in the west and it is often hard to discern much evidence of ideological adherence or links to specific terrorist groups. In fact, the question is whether what is happening can still be genuinely considered terrorism at all. And if this is where the threat picture has gone, what does it mean for our response?

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