Profiles in Terrorism: A Comparison and Contrast of International and Domestic Terrorist Groups

Shannon Douglas Parsons

ABSTRACT




Following the events of September 11, 2001, the issue of terrorism, both domestic and international, has been a subject of much debate and concern. To achieve a better understanding of the organization and ideals of terrorist groups, a general profile of domestic and international terrorists was prepared using information from previous academic writings and government documents. A comparison and contrast of the two types of terrorist organizations was made to give a better understanding of the motivations and goals of these groups. Based on this analysis, it will be possible to establish a set of guidelines for law enforcement agencies and policy makers.

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Updated 05/20/2006