Terrorism Research Centres: 100 Institutes, Programs and Organisations in the Field of Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism, Radicalisation and Asymmetric Warfare Studies

Terrorism Research Centres: 100 Institutes, Programs and Organisations in the Field of Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism, Radicalisation and Asymmetric Warfare Studies

Compiled by Benjamin Freedman

(Editorial Assistant, Terrorism Research Initiative)

Introduction

Who is doing research – academic and otherwise – on terrorism? The field of terrorism research is broad and ever-expanding. Governments sponsor intelligence-driven analytical research agencies. Commercial intelligence firms like Jane’s, sell their research to corporate and governmental clients. There are think tanks likeRAND, which work closely with government agencies. An increasing number of universities house terrorism research centres, the oldest one being the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews. Then there are virtual networks, such as the Terrorism Research Initiative (TRI), that try to create synergies between a wide array of researchers and topics.

Beyond organizational makeup, notable differences in research approach also exist ,For instance, the gulf between those who work as contractors for homeland security departments and those who work in the policy world. Or, the gap between those who work with classified intelligence and those who work only with open source material. Then there is a divide between those who are considered ‘orthodox’ scholars and those who call themselves ‘critical terrorism scholars’(CTS). The latter, at times,  call the former ‘terrorologists’; those, in turn, label some from  the CTS school  ‘hypocritical’.

Considering the proliferation of government agencies, private firms, research organizations and internet-based initiatives, the number of newcomers to the field of Terrorism Studies is substantial. Some focus on more general issues like social conflict, armed conflict or political violence topics that often include terrorism-related research. Still others maintain a national, regional, or even global, focus. Much work comes from English-speaking countries and Israel, while other parts of the world are notably under-represented. Trying to create an inventory of such a broad spectrum of research organizations also proves challenging as there are several website-only “centres” directed by a single individual with little visible  – or ‘credible’ – output.

In the following list we present a collection of 100 centres, organisations, institutes, programs and projects that seek to expand the research community’s collective knowledge of terrorism, counterterrorism, political violence, radicalisation and asymmetric conflict. In an attempt to provide an overview, a broad array of entities beyond proper academic research centres and institutes have been included. Though many of the entries on this list may receive government funding, state agencies and departments involved in terrorism research have not been included.

Our list is incomplete and, as such, might leave off centres well worth including. We have tried to include only credible, professional organizations though might not have been fully successful in doing so.  We welcome feedback from the readers of Perspectives on Terrorism on the present status and work of the entities on our list, as well as on entities left off which are worth including (contact: [email protected]).

Center, Project, Program, Issue

Affiliated Organization, Institute

Location

Bangladesh Centre for Terrorism Research (BCTR)

Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment (CAMRA)

Michigan State University; Carnegie Mellon University; Drexel University; Northern Arizona University; University of Arizona; University of California at Berkeley; University of Michigan

East Lansing, Michigan, United States

Center for Applied Counterterrorism Studies (CACS)

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

Center for Asymmetric Warfare (CAW)

Naval Postgraduate School

Monterey, California, United States

Center for Counter-Terrorism Studies

China Institute of Contemporary International Relations

Beijing, China

Center for Interdisciplinary Policy, Education, and Research on Terrorism (CIPERT)

Center for Homeland Defense and Security and the Center on Terrorism and Irregular Warfare, Naval Postgraduate School; Pacific Graduate School of Psychology

 

Center for International Research on Terrorism (ITRC)

University of Cincinnati; Turkish National Police Organization

 

Center for Law and Counterterrorism (CLC)

Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Washington, DC, United States

Center for Policing Terrorism (CPT)

Manhattan Institute

New York City, New York, United States

Center for Terrorism Law (CTL)

St. Mary's University

San Antonio, Texas, United States

Center for Terrorism Research (CTR)

Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Wollongong, Australia

Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation

 

Washington, DC, United States

Center on Terrorism

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

New York City, New York, United States

Center on Terrorism and Counterterrorism

Foreign Policy Research Institute

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Center on Terrorism and Irregular Warfare

Naval Postgraduate School

Monterey, California, United States

Centre for Asymmetric Threat Studies (CATS)

Swedish National Defence College

Stockholm, Sweden

Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (PICT)

Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia

Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Contemporary Political Violence (CSRV)

Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, United Kingdom

Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism (CTC)

Campus The Hague of Leiden University, Netherlands

The Hague, Netherlands

Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV)

University of St. Andrews, Scotland

St. Andrews, Scotland

Centre for the Study of Terrorism (CFSOT)

 

London, England

Center for the Study of Youth and Political Violence

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Centre for Transnational Crime Prevention (CTCP)

 

Wollongong, Australia

Center for Higher Study on the Struggle against Terrorism and Political Violence (Centro Alti Studi per a Lotta al Terrorismo e alla Violenza Politica)

 

Rome, Italy

Charity & Security Network (CSN)

 

Washington, DC, United States

Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism (CPOST)

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Columbia University World Trade Center Archive Project

Columbia University

New York City, New York, United States

Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at West Point

United States Military Academy

West Point, New York, United States

Consortium for Countering the Financing of Terrorism (CCFT)

 

Singapore

Consortium for Strategic Communication (CSC)

Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Arizona State University

Tempe, Arizona, United States

Counterterrorism and Homeland Security

Cato Institute

Washington, DC, United States

Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative

American Strategy Program, New American Foundation

Washington, DC, United States

Counterterrorism Topic

Human Rights Watch

New York City, New York, United States

Dark Web Terrorism Research

Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Eller College of Management, University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona, United States

Future of Terrorism Project (FTP)

Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Washington, DC, United States

GCC Security and Terrorism Issues Research Program

Gulf Research Center

 

Global Terrorism Analysis Program

Jamestown Foundation

Washington, DC, United States

Global Terrorism Research Centre (GTReC)

Monash University, Australia

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Global Terrorism Subtopic

National Security Issue, Center for American Progress

Washington, DC, United States

Homegrown Terror & Radicalization Topic

Homeland Security Policy Institute, George Washington University

Washington, DC, United States

Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program

Defense and Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Washington, DC, United States

Homeland Security and Terrorism Program

James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University

Houston, Texas, United States

Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT)

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York, United States

Institute for the Study of Violent Groups (ISVG)

University of New Haven

New Haven, Connecticut, United States

Institut fur Terrorismusforschung & Sicherheitspolitik (IFTUS)

 

Essen, Germany

Institute of Terrorism Research and Response (ITRR)

 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Inter-American Committee Against Terrorism (CICTE)

Organization of American States

Washington, DC, United States

International Association for Counterterrorism & Security Professionals (IACSP)

 

 

International Center for Terrorism Studies (ICTS)

Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

Arlington, Virginia, United States

International Center for the Study of Terrorism (ICST)

Pennsylvania State University

State College, Pennsylvania, United States

International Center of Terror Medicine

Hadassah Medical Center

Jerusalem, Israel

International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR)

S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Singapore

International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR)

King’s College, London; University of Pennsylvania; Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya; Jordan Institute of Diplomacy

London, England

International Institute for Counter-terrorism (ICT)

Interdisciplinary Center Center

Herzliya, Israel

Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT)

 

 

Italian Team for Security, Terroristic Issues & Managing Emergencies (ITSTIME)

Catholic University of Milan

Milan, Italy

Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Centre

 

London, England

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM)

Middle East Media Research Institute

Washington, DC, United States

Mackenzie Institute

 

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Maritime Terrorism Research Center

 

 

Meir Amit Intelligence & Terrorism Information Center (ITIC)

Israel Intelligence Heritage & Commemoration Center

Gelilot, Israel

Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT)

 

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States

Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program (MonTREP)

Monterey Institute of International Studies

Monterey, California, United States

National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense (FAZD Center)

Texas A&M University

College Station, Texas, United States

National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE)

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California, United States

National Center on the Psychology of Terrorism (NCPT)

Center for Interdisciplinary Policy, Education, and Research on Terrorism

 

National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START)

University of Maryland

College Park, Maryland, United States

National Terrorism Preparedness Institute (NTPI)

St. Petersburg College

St. Petersburg, Florida, United States

Nine Eleven Finding Answers (NEFA) Foundation

 

Washington, DC, United States

Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research, Inc. (PIPVTR)

 

Teachers Village East, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines

Program for Terrorism Research & Studies

Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University

Cairo, Egypt

Program on International Terrorism

Elcano Royal Institute

Madrid, Spain

Project Fikra

Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Washington, DC, United States

Quilliam Foundation

 

London, England

Radicalization Watch Project (RWP)

Center for Advanced Defense Studies

Washington, DC, United States

Russia-Eurasia Terror Watch (RETWA)

 

 

Society for Terrorism Research (STR)

 

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence

Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Washington, DC, United States

Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC)

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia, United States

Terrorism & National Security

Nelson Center for International and Public Affairs, James Madison University

Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States

Terrorism & Preparedness Data Resource Center

University of Michigan Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research

Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

Terrorism and Counter-Radicalization Issue

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Washington, DC, United States

Terrorism and Crime Studies

Federal Research Division, Library of Congress

Washington, DC, United States

Terrorism and Homeland Security Research Area

RAND Corporation

 

Terrorism and Internal Security Research Cluster

Institute for Defence Studies & Analyses

New Delhi, India

Terrorism Issue

Council on Foreign Relations

New York City, New York, United States

Terrorism Issue

Heritage Foundation

Washington, DC, United States

Terrorism Issue

Institute of Peace & Conflict Studies

New Delhi, India

Terrorist Media Project

Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Washington, DC, United States

Terrorism Page

Anti-Defamation League

New York City, New York, United States

Terrorism Program

Center for Defense Information

Washington, DC, United States

Terrorism Research Center (TRC)

Fulbright College, University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States

Terrorism Research Center, Inc. (TRC)

 

 

Terrorism Topic

Human Rights Watch

New York City, New York, United States

Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security (TCTHS)

Duke University; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; RTI International

Durham, North Carolina, United States

Unconventional Warfare Study Center

 

 

US-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Violence and Extremism Programme

Demos

London, England

Violent Intranational Political Conflict & Terrorism Research Laboratory (VIPCAT)

Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations, College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, Virginia, United States

WMD & CBRN Terrorism Topic

Homeland Security Policy Institute, George Washington University

Washington, DC, United States

 

 



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