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Terrorism & Weapons of Mass Destruction - Chapter Summary
This chapter provides an overview of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. Through a series of simple lessons, you'll learn about the history of terrorism, terrorist groups and types of terrorism. You'll also learn about the differences between several types of weapons of mass destruction. Solidify your knowledge by taking the accompanying self-assessment quizzes and chapter exam. If you need any extra help with the material, feel free to submit questions to our instructors. By the end of the chapter, you should be able to:
- Recognize different types of terrorism
- Provide examples of terrorist organizations around the world
- Explain the evolving capabilities of different terrorist groups
- Recognize biological, chemical and nuclear weapons of mass destruction
- Evaluate concerns about weapons proliferation
- Understand how non-state actors impact weapons of mass destruction
1. What Is Terrorism? - Definition, History, Types & Examples
Terrorism is a major buzzword in today's society, but how much do you really know about it? In this lesson, we'll look at the history of terrorism and see how it turned into the threat we know it as today.
2. Terrorism Around the World
In this lesson, you'll explore the major terrorist threats of the modern world, including both al-Qaeda and ISIL. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
3. Evolving Capabilities of Terrorist Groups
In this lesson, we will learn about the increasing capabilities of terrorist groups including the different types of violent and non-violent activities that have expanded their capabilities. We will also review how the proliferation of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons (CBRN) have allowed terrorist groups to increase their capabilities.
4. Weapons of Mass Destruction: Biological, Chemical & Nuclear
What are weapons of mass destruction? Learn about the different types and their dangers, including biological, chemical and nuclear weapons. See what you learned by taking a quiz.
5. Weapons Proliferation: Concerns & Actions
The following lesson will cover the increase in weapons production worldwide, as well as the concerns and actions the global community has in response. A short quiz will follow the lesson.
6. Non-state Actors & Weapons of Mass Destruction
The advent of weapons of mass destruction, particularly nuclear weapons, changed global politics forever. This lesson explores non-state actors' attempts to acquire WMD materials.
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