Terrorism and American Society

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Terrorism against the United States has been a security issue that forced the government to establish the Department of Homeland Security in 2002, which is tasked with spearheading counter terrorism measures. American has experienced terror attacks on its home soil and against its foreign interests, making terrorism the biggest threat that is facing the country in the twenty first century. It is evident that even small terror groups can access weapons that can inflict catastrophic damage against the United States. Terrorism has extensive adverse effects against the country ranging from economic, social, and political to psychological effects. Based on these effects, more attention has been focused on preventing and disrupting terror attacks, but less attention has been directed towards understanding motivations behind terrorism. America’s interventionist foreign policy has been cited by various government agencies including Pentagon’s Defense Board as the main motivation why terrorists view America has an enemy. America can prevent terrorism by exercising restrain in its foreign policy, which will in turn mitigate the adverse effects of terrorism. International and foreign policy consultants produced additional sources used in the paper. Considering America’s global position, it is called upon to intervene in international conflicts and humanitarian situations; therefore, limiting its involvement in these situations will play a big role in preventing terrorism and its effects.
Keywords: Department of Homeland Security, interventionist foreign policy, adverse effects, foreign policy, humanitarian situations, and international conflict.

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Introduction 5
Methodology 6
Impacts of terrorism 6

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