Recently, US President Joe Biden’s administration unveiled a National Strategy to Counter Domestic Terrorism (NSCDT). The Biden administration is of the view that “domestic terrorism” has evolved into the most urgent terrorism threat faced by the US.

The NSCDT has come in the backdrop of the announcement of complete US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021, two decades after the 9/11 attacks. This is a significant development because since the 9/11 attacks, most of the American, and indeed global, political landscape has come to be dominated by the issue of combatting terrorism. In such a context, this reframing of the discourse of terror has major political and ideological implications which reflect the shifting contours of global politics.

The politics of terrorism

Terrorism is a political act because unlike other violent crimes, acts of terror, are triggered by ideological convictions based upon which the…

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