This paper considers the role that research on terrorism and low-intensity conflict (LIC) can play both in countering present and likely future adversaries and in addressing existing and potential new challenges. It also presents a baseline assessment of how firm a foundation current research into these subjects has provided. The author suggests that research is needed to identify vital American interests in the Third World now that the Cold War is over, and to define what role, if any, the United States should play and how. He concludes that the need for policy-relevant research in both terrorism and LIC is greater than ever.
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