This introductory chapter provides material intended to orient readers, coming as they will from a broad range of academic and non-academic backgrounds. Section I explains what is meant by ‘asymmetric’ armed conflict and how terrorism is connected to such conflict. Section II examines the term, ‘terrorism’, sketching and defending a concept of terrorism that informs the various contributions to this volume. Section III describes the two main approaches to assessing the legality and morality of targeted killing: the law-enforcement and the armed-conflict models. Section IV summarizes each subsequent chapter, drawing contrasts and remarking on similarities among them, and Section V offers some brief concluding thoughts.
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