Homework Question on Threats to Global Security
- You were tasked with explaining the two concepts of asymmetric conflict and terrorism to a lay audience (think about explaining these concepts to high-school students or your friends who do not know much about international security).
- Use examples in your answer
- Define/explain asymmetric conflict and terrorism (keep in mind your audience)
- Suggest the best way for the US to deal with such type of threat Please try to use examples (concrete examples),also explanation should must be detailed.
- Its also a must to use chapter 7 of this textbook: Sean Kay.2014.Global Security.3rd edition,Rowman &Littlefield
Homework Answer on Threats to Global Security
Global security, which refers to the absence of threats on systems, governments, individuals and nations, is critical in promoting overall global stability. As such, it is important to understand different types and sources of insecurity, which in return can allow for the generation of appropriate recommendations on how international stability can be improved. This paper distinguishes between asymmetric conflict and terrorism, as these constitute two major sources of global insecurity (Moghaddam 55).
Asymmetric conflict describes the type of war prevailing between two opposing parties whose military strength and strategic approach to war is completely different. According to Kay (207), asymmetric conflict can prevail between a powerful and highly qualified military force and a weak resistance movement. Asymmetric conflict can also define a type of conflict between opposing groups of people that have an unequal distribution of resources, and hence, they always struggle to exploit their opponent’s characteristic weaknesses.
Terrorism defines an act of employing violence as well as threats intended to frighten or force individuals, government, or political leaders to take certain actions particularly for political reasons. Moghaddam (61) defines terrorism as criminal acts aimed at provoking a state of fear among members of the public, a group of individuals or certain individuals for political reasons. Such criminal acts are by no means justifiable irrespective of whether they are given political, religious, ideological or ethnic considerations intended to justify them.