A Review of Recent Trends in International Terrorism and Nuclear Incidents Abroad

by Gail V. Bass-Golod, Brian Michael Jenkins

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Abstract

Reviews trends in international terrorism and nuclear incidents abroad during 1980-1981. Incidents of international terrorism increased dramatically in this period, and the number of incidents with fatalities and multiple fatalities also increased. The tactics of terrorism remain the same, in general, and diplomatic facilities continue to be popular targets for terrorists. Diplomats are the most common targets, and this trend is increasing. Numerous incidents were directed against nuclear facilities abroad in 1980-1981, and attacks on individuals involved in nuclear programs became more common, as did violent actions aimed at halting nuclear proliferation. Chronologies of selected international terrorist incidents and nuclear incidents abroad during 1980-1981 are presented.

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