In 2001 there were over 40 groups, operating in 28 countries, who were challenging state authority and often using targeted violence to make political change. The terrorism label has been affixed to these groups but what exactly is terrorism and where does it fall on the continuum of political violence? Political scientist Richard Dekmejian talks to Maria Armoudian about the concept of terrorism.

Richard Dekmejian is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Southern California. He is an expert in genocide and global terrorism and is the author of Spectrum Of Terror.

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