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A Theory of International Terrorism

35 Pages Posted: 8 Oct 2006  

Ali Khan

Washburn University /Legal Scholar Academy


The theory of terrorism as a political disorder is neutral in that it rejects national perspectives. It focuses on the disorder that causes terrorism, but does not distinguish between terrorists and freedom fighters. From this basis, the article argues that an international political disorder that causes terrorism is a dispute within the meaning of Article 33 of the United Nations Charter, which mandates that the parties to any dispute shall, first of all, seek a solution by peaceful means including negotiation.12 Unless the parties to a dispute - the aggrieved group, the suppressive states, and the supportive states - are willing to resolve the political disorder through a negotiated settlement, the problems of terrorism will remain. Finally, the article explores the inefficacy of existing remedies to counter terrorism, and argues that the current trend of non-negotiation between the parties not only undermines Article 33 of the Charter but intensifies the problems of international terrorism.

Keywords: terrorism, Islam, war, misinformation

JEL Classification: K43

Suggested Citation

Khan, Ali, A Theory of International Terrorism. Connecticut Law Review, Vol. 19, p. 945, 1987. Available at SSRN:

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