At a first glance the connection between terrorism and fear seems clear: The original meaning of the term "terrorism" is derived from the Latin word terrere, to cause fear, frighten . In its political context the simple notion behind this term is that fear makes people yield to the demands of the threatening actor. However, a closer look at the role of fear in terrorism reveals more complex relationship. The lecture will focus on three issues:
1. The effect of terrorism on the political positions of the targeted public. I.e., does fear of terrorism really makes people willing to concede to the terrorists' political demands?
2. What are the reasons for the inordinate fear of fear of terrorism? How do people behave under a terrorist campaign?
3. How does fear affect the terrorists themselves? And, more specifically, empirical findings on the effect of fear on the behavior of suicide bombers.