Neither armed conflict nor terrorism are new forms of violence. Both have existed for hundreds of years and have for the most part been understood to be separate phenomena, as demonstrated by the different legal frameworks that have evolved to regulate them. The perception that war and terrorism differ was radically altered by the attacks of 9/11 and the subsequent launching of the so-called ‘global war on terrorism’. While that moniker is no longer in official circulation, the resultant blurring of armed conflict and terrorism persists. The years of conflated use...
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