Terrorism: A Strategy of Civil War


DOI: 10.51448/tde.2021.4

Year: 2021 Vol: 3 Number: 1


Terrorism can carry transnational effects, or terrorism can be emerged as a violence model in a domestic conflict to challenge the target state for desired purposes by rebel groups. Due to the nature of terrorism, it can be used by different actors and in different conflicts as a strategy. In the article, terrorism is assessed as a strategy in civil wars. The article evaluated a wide range of terror strategies which are intimidation, attrition, provocation, outbidding, and spoiling in the context of civil war. As result, terror strategies are ineffective to reach long term success for rebel groups. Thus, it can be argued that terror strategies in civil war only achieved limited goals on target audiences.

Terrorism, Strategy, Civil War, Rebel Groups, Security