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A truck driven into the crowds at a festival in Nice, France, killed more than 80 people Thursday and is suspected to be the third major terrorist attack in France in 19 months. In this Q&A with Duke Today, Duke professor David Schanzer, director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, says while terrorism is a global threat, there are reasons why France is particularly at risk.
“They are not getting instructions, they don't have connectivity with terrorist groups, but they are inspired by them and they decide to engage in violent action on their own,” says security expert David Schanzer in an interview with a German publication.
“The reason is simple: Terrorism is a tactic that relies upon fear,” writes a Duke political scientist. “It’s a tactic of the weak against the strong. Knowing that they cannot get what they want from the strong via main force, the weak seek to instill fear in the strong.”
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