Literature on Diasporas and Terrorism

Literature on Diasporas and Terrorism

Selected and compiled by Eric Price

Monographs, Edited Volumes, Non-conventional Literature and Prime Articles
 published since 1999

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Anwar, D.F. (ed.) (2006) Development, migration, and security in East Asia: people's movements and non-traditional security challenges in a changing East Asia Jakarta, Indonesia: Habibie Center [*]

Ashcroft, B. (et al.) (eds.) Literature for our times: postcolonial studies in the twenty-first century Amsterdam; New York: Rodopi

Baubock, R. (2012) Diaspora und transnationale Demokratie [in German].In: Charim, I. & Auer Borea, G. (eds.) Lebensmodell Diaspora: Über moderne Nomaden Bielefeld: Transcript []

Bosi, L. (et al.) (2014) Dynamics of political violence: a process-oriented perspective on radicalization and the escalation of political conflict Burlington: Ashgate Publishing

Calleja, J. M. (1999) La diáspora vasca: historia de los condenados a irse de Euskadi por culpa del terrorismo de ETA [in Spanish] Madrid: El País; Buenos Aires: Aguilar

Clark-Decès, I. (ed.) (2011) A Companion to the Anthropology of India Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell

Cohen, R. (2008) Global Diasporas New York: Routledge [*]

Costigan, S. S. & David, G. (ed.) (2007) Terrornomics. Aldershot, England; Burlington, VT: Ashgate [*]

Crépeau, F. (et al.) (eds.) Forced migration and global processes: a view from forced migration studies Lanham: Lexington Books [*]

Gerges, F. A. (2006) Journey of the jihadist: inside Muslim militancy Orlando, Fla.: Harcourt [*]

Groszman, G. (2011) Als Junge in Ungarn überlebt: nach jüdischer Kindheit in Vámosmikola Monate des Terrors im Untergrund und Emigration nach Argentinien; 1870 – 1930 – 2011 [in German] Konstanz: Hartung-Gorre

Gunning, J. (2008) Terrorism, Charities and Diasporas: Contrasting the fundraising practices of Hamas and al Qaeda among Muslims in Europe [in] Biersteker, T.J. & Eckert, S.E. Countering the financing of terrorism London; New York: Routledge

Lia, B. (2002) Globalisation and the Future of Terrorism: Patterns and Predictions London: Frank Cass [*]

Mangala, J. (ed.) (2010) New security threats and crises in Africa: regional and international perspectives New York: Palgrave Macmillan [*]

Okpewho, I. & Nzegwu, N. (eds.) (2009) The new African diaspora Bloomington: Indiana University Press [*]

Pérouse de Montclos, M-A. (2003) Diaspora et terrorisme [in French] Paris: Presses de sciences po [*]

Pust, I. (2009) Schreie aus der Hölle ungehört [in German] Sersheim: Hartmann Verlag
[] [in English]

Ragazzi, F.(2012) Diasporas, Cosmopolitanism and Post-Territorial Citizenship [in]  Gupta, S. (ed.) Cosmopolianism: Critical Reflections New York: Routledge

Ragazzi, F. (2013) Diasporas, Security, Citizenship [in] Huysmans, J. & Guillaume, X. (eds.) Citizenship and Security New York: Routledge

Sicakkan, H. & Lithman, Y. G. (eds.) (2006) What happens when a society is diverse? exploring multidimensional identities  Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press

Society for Armenian Studies (2006) Conferences, the Armenian Diaspora [conference] New Delhi: Library of Congress Office; Washington, D.C.

Söderlind, S. & Carson, J.T. (eds.) (2011) American exceptionalisms: from Winthrop to Winfrey Albany: State University of New York Press

Waldmann, P. (2009) Radikalisierung in der Diaspora. Wie Islamisten im Westen zu Terroristen warden [in German] Hamburg, Murmann Verlag

Welsh-Huggins, A. (2011) Hatred at home: Al-Qaida on trial in the American Midwest Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press/Swallow Press [*]

Zine, J. (ed.) (2012) Islam in the hinterlands: exploring Muslim cultural politics in Canada  Vancouver: UBC Press [*]


Non-conventional Literature

Awad, Y. M. I. (2011) Cartographies of identities: resistance, diaspora, and trans-cultural dialogue in the works of Arab British and Arab American women writers [thesis] University of Manchester []

Ayata, B. (2011) The politics of displacement: a transnational analysis of the forced migration of Kurds in Turkey and Europe [thesis] Baltimore, Maryland: Johns Hopkins University []

Baser, B. (2012) Inherited Conflicts: Spaces of contention between second-generation Turkish and Kurdish diasporas in Sweden and Germany [thesis] Florence: European University Institute []

Baser, B. (2011) Kurdish Diaspora Political Activism in Europe with a Particular Focus on Great Britain Berghof Peace Support/Centre for Just Peace and Democracy

Bonn International Center for Conversion (2010) Diasporas and Peace: A Comparative Assessment of Somali and Ethiopian Communities in Europe

Boyle, M. & Kitchin, R. (2011) A Diaspora Strategy for Canada? Enriching Debate through Heightening Awareness of International Practice Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, Vancouver []

Brennan, S. C. (2010) Cinematic Adaptation and the Problem of Citizenship: Mapping Women’s Diasporic Authorship in a Post-9/11 World [thesis] Ohio State University

Bulwaka, M. (2009) Diaspora diplomacy: a case study of Uganda [thesis] University of Malta []

Campbell, M. O. (2012) Interpreting Empire: Family, Nation, and Colonial Belonging in the Iraqi Diaspora [thesis] University of California

Chandra, R. & Ghosh, S. (2012) The Punjabi Diaspora in the UK: An overview of characteristics and contributions to India Migration Policy Centre; CARIM-India

Chandra, R. & Ghosh, S. (2012) Goans in Portugal: Role of history and identity in shaping diaspora linkages Migration Policy Centre; CARIM-India []

Dias, T. (2013) The UNRWA Dilemma New York, NY: Gatestone Institute

Eccarius-Kelly, V. (2002) From terrorism to political activism in Europe: The transformation of the Kurdish diaspora to a transnational challenger community [thesis] Tufts University

Endo, I. (et al.) (2009) The United States-Honduras Remittance Corridor Washington D.C., The World Bank [*]

European Commission Representation in Latvia, the University of Latvia (UL) and the Centre for European and Transition Studies (CETS) (2012) [conference; 13th April, 2012; Latvia] Migration and Identity: Encouraging the Role of Diaspora

Fallin, D.G. (2012) Somalia: hidden threat to our homeland [thesis] Norfolk, VA: National Defense University []

Hammer, J. (2001) In search of a homeland: young second generation Palestinians between exile, diaspora and returnee identities [thesis] Berlin, Humboldt University

Hammond, L. (et al.) (2011) Cash and Compassion: The Role of the Somali Diaspora in Relief, Development and Peace-building United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) []

Hoffman, B. (et al.) (2007) The radicalization of diasporas and terrorism: a joint  conference by the RAND Corporation and the Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich Santa Monica, Calif.: RAND National Security Research Division; Zurich: CSS, and ETH Center []

Khadria, B. (2007) Conceptualising the Typologies of Indian Diaspora in International Economic Relations - 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy', or a 'Great Off-White Hope' of the New Century? Singapore: Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS)

Kiruppalini, H. (2011) Of Diasporas and Displacements; What Does it Mean to be Sri Lankan? Singapore: Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS)

Kittles, R. (2012) Speech at the International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, March 26, 2012 []

Laurence, J. (2011) Social Cohesion and Diaspora Politics EU-US Immigration Systems []

Legwaila, L.J. (2006) The Role of the Diaspora in Support of Africa’s Development [conference: African Diaspora Leadership Forum, 3 October 2006, London]

Makaryan, S. (2013) Emigration-diaspora policy nexus in migration policies of the EU Eastern Partnership countries and in Russia Migration Policy Centre []

McCauley, C. (2009-2011) Measuring Political Radicalization: Diaspora Support for Terrorism among Ottawa’s Lebanese Muslim Community [project] National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism

Meehan, H. V. (2004) Terrorism, diasporas, and permissive threat environments: a study of Hezballah's fundraising operations in Paraguay and Ecuador [thesis] Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School []

Minto, D.N. (2007) Sisters in the spirit: transnational constructions of diasporas in the late twentieth-century black women’s literature in the Americas [thesis] University of Maryland []

Mirbach, F. (2008) Die deutschen Parteien und der Islam: politische Konzepte zur Integration von Muslimen [thesis] [in German] Göttingen University

Morgan, L.M. (2010) Remember the peasantry: A study of genocide, famine, and the Stalinist Holodomor in Soviet Ukraine, 1932-33, as it was remembered by post-war immigrants in Western Australia who experienced it [thesis] University of Notre Dame (Australia) []

Mulloy, L. (2010) Host Society Development and Diaspora Migration Studies Unit, London School of Economics and Political Science

Newland, K. (2010) Voice After Exit: Diaspora Advocacy Washington: Migration Policy Institute []

Nimavat, D.B. (2011) The Cassandras in Exile: A Study of the Diasporic Sensibility in the Poetry of Meena Alexander, Sujata Bhatt, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Moniza Alvi and Jean Arasanayagam [thesis] Saurashtra University

Østergaard-Nielsen, E. (2006) Diasporas and Conflict Resolution - Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution? Copenhagen: Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS)

Perry, K. E.(2007) Diasporas in America: Negative Effects and Mitigation Army Command and general Staff Collection Fort Leavenworth KS School of Advanced Military Studies

Prieto Rosas, V. (2010) How to Measure Diasporas using Absentee Voter Censuses Migration Policy Centre; CARIM-South []

Rashid, T. (2010) Migration and belonging: brown Muslim women’s experience in Australia University of Canberra []

Shiban, H. (2013) Redefining Syrian Identity in the Diaspora: A Glimpse into the Lives of Syrian Refugees in Jordan June-July, 2012 [thesis] Cambridge: Harvard University

Singh, J. (2008) Diasporic community-building enterprises: Race, religious identity, and Sikh American grassroots political organizing before 9/11 [thesis] University of California

Sultana, N. (2008) The Bangladeshi diaspora in Malaysia: organizational structure, survival strategies and networks [thesis] Bonn University

Tabar, P. (2009) Politics among Arab Migrants in Australia Migration Policy Centre; CARIM-South []

Terrill, W. A. (2008) Regional spillover effects of the Iraq War Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College []

Tharmalingam, S. (2010) Homeland Orientation of War-torn Diasporas: Remittance and Cultural Practices of Tamils and Somalis in Norway [thesis] University of Oslo

Thiranagama, S. (2006) Stories of home: generation, memory, and displacement among Jaffna Tamils and Jaffna Muslims [thesis] University of Edinburgh [*]

Toriic, M.N. (2013) Diaspora Politics and Transnational Terrorism: an Historical Case Study European University Institute []

Vidanage, H. R. (2009) Exploring the impact of online politics on political agents and political strategies in the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora [thesis] University of Edinburgh [*]

Ward, J.  (2012) Terrorism in European Diasporas: Al-Qaeda, the Tamil Tigers, and the Importance of Ideology Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS)

Warnecke, A. (et al.) (2010) Diasporas and Peace: A Comparative Assessment of Somali and Ethiopian Communities in Europe Bonn: Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) []

Westrop, S. (2013) How the EU Empowers Hezbollah's "Military Wing" New York, NY: Gatestone Institute

Wihtol de Wenden, C. (2011) Note on diaspora policies and the role of Muslim States in the management of Islam in immigration countries Migration Policy Centre; CARIM-South []

Yeganyan, R. (2013) Integration of migrants: Armenian realities  Migration Policy Centre; CARIM-East []

Zimmermann, D. & Rosenau, W. (2009) The radicalization of diasporas and terrorism Zürich: CSS, Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich []

ZYSK, P. (2006) New governance and new terrorism in the European Union: the beauty and the beast [thesis] Florence, European University Institute


Prime Journal Articles and Book Chapters


Abbas, Tahir. UK Counter-terrorism Strategy and Muslim Diaspora Communities: The ‘Securitisation of Integration’. In: S. Akbarzadeh (ed.) (2012) Routledge Handbook of Political Islam Abingdon, Oxon, N.Y., N.Y.: Routledge [*]

Abdel-Khalek, A.: Neither Altruistic Suicide, nor Terrorism but Martyrdom: A Muslim Perspective Archives of Suicide Research 8 (1) 2004 pp.99-113

Ahmed, I.: Futures beyond nationalism Futures 37 (9, November) 2005 pp.905-924

Alexandrova-Arbatova, N.: European security and international terrorism: the Balkan connection. Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies 4 (3) 2004 pp.361-378

Al-Kandari, A. & Gaither, T.K.: Arabs, the west and public relations: A critical/cultural study of Arab cultural values Public Relations Review 37 (3, September) 2011 pp.266-273

Bailey, A.J.: Migration, recession and an emerging transnational biopolitics across Europe Geoforum 44 (January)  2013 pp.202-210

Baser, B.: Home Thoughts from Abroad: The Variable Impacts of Diasporas on Peace-Building with Feargal Cochrane and Ashok Swain Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 32 (8) 2009 pp.681–704 [*]

Baser, B. & Swain, A.: Stateless Diaspora Groups and their Repertoires of Nationalist Activism in Host Countries Journal of International Relations 8 (1) 2010 pp.37-60

Berman, H.: Children and War: Current Understandings and Future Directions. Public Health Nursing 18 (4) 2001 pp.243-252

Bhatia, S. & Ram, A.: Theorizing identity in transnational and diaspora cultures: a critical approach to acculturation International Journal of Intercultural Relations 33 (2, March) 2009 pp.140-149

Byman, D.: Passive Sponsors of Terrorism. Survival 47 (4, Winter) 2005 pp.117-144 []

Christou, A.: Narrating lives in (e)motion: Embodiment, belongingness and displacement in diasporic spaces of home and return Emotion, Space and Society 4 (4, November) 2011 pp.249-257

Hafez, M.M. (et al.) Lessons from the Arab Afghans Phenomenon CTC Sentinel 1 (4, March) 2008 pp. 1-28

Hanniman, W.: Canadian Muslims, Islamophobia and national security International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice 36 (4, December) 2008 pp.271-285

Hayes, R. J.: "A Free Black Mind is a Concealed Weapon" Institutions and Social Movements in the African Diaspora Souls 9 (3) 2007 pp.223-234

Howell, S. & Andrew Shryock, A.: Cracking Down on Diaspora: Arab Detroit and America's "War on Terror" Anthropological Quarterly 3 (Summer) 2003 pp. 443-462

Jeff, V. (et al.) Psychological Factors Associated with Support for Suicide Bombing in the Muslim Diaspora Political Psychology 33 (6) 2012 pp.791-809

Keith Axel, B.: Digital Figurings of the Unimaginable: Visual Media, Death, and Formations of the Sikh Diaspora Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 34 (7) 2008 pp.1145-1159

King-Irani, L.: Exiled to a liminal legal zone: are we all Palestinians now? Third World Quarterly 27 (5) 2006 pp.923-936

Kolstø, P. & Blakkisrud, H.: De facto states and democracy: The case of Nagorno-Karabakh Communist and Post-Communist Studies 45 (1–2, March–June) 2012 pp.141-151

M Abdi, C.: The New Age of Security: Implications for refugees and internally displaced persons in the Horn of Africa Development 50 (4) 2007 pp.75-81

Matenia, S.: The Meaning of Religion and Identity for the Violent Radicalisation of the Turkish Diaspora in Germany Terrorism and Political Violence 24 (4) 2012 pp.807-824

Menkhaus, K.: No access: Critical bottlenecks in the 2011 Somali famine Global Food Security 1 (1, December) 2012 pp.29-35

Mercer, C. (et al.) Towards a critical political geography of African development Geoforum 34 (4, November) 2003 pp.419-436


Nagel, C.R.: Geopolitics by another name: immigration and the politics of assimilation Political Geography 21 (8, November) 2002 pp.971-987

Newsome, Y.D.: Transnationalism in Black–Jewish conflict: a study of global identification among established Americans Race and Society 4 (1) 2001 pp.89-107

Nickels, H. C. (et al.) De/constructing “suspects” communities Journalism Studies 13 (4) 2012 pp.340-355

Nikola Tokic, M.: Landscapes of conflict: unity and disunity in post-Second World War Croatian emigre separatism European Review of History 16 (5) 2009 pp.739-753

O'Shaughnessy, E.: A conversation about early unintegration, disintegration and integration Journal of Child Psychotherapy 32 (2) 2006 pp.153-157

Pain, R. (et al.) Moments in everyday/distant geopolitics: Young people’s fears and hopes Geoforum 41 (6, November) 2010 pp.972-982

Pain, R. (et al.) Reading Peter Hopkins’ The Issue of Masculine Identities for British Muslims After 9/11: A Social Analysis Political Geography 30 (6, August) 2011 pp.339-348

Panossian, R.: Between Ambivalence and Intrusion: Politics and Identity in Armenia-Diaspora Relations Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies 7 (2, Fall) 1998 pp.149-196 [*]

Passerini, L.: Discontinuity of History and Diaspora of Languages New Left Review 1 (2000) pp.137-144 [*]

Pavlovskaya, M. & Bier, J.: Mapping census data for difference: Towards the heterogeneous geographies of Arab American communities of the New York metropolitan area Geoforum 43 (3, May) 2012 pp. 483-496

Perkins, R. & Neumayer, E.: Extra-territorial interventions in conflict spaces: Explaining the geographies of post-Cold War peacekeeping Political Geography 27 (8, November) 2008 pp.895-914

Pham, J.P.: Foreign Influences and Shifting Horizons: The Ongoing Evolution of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Orbis 55 (2) 2011 pp.240-254

Ragazzi, F.: Governing Diasporas  International Political Sociology 3 (4) 2009 pp. 378–397

Rasmussen, R.K. & Merkelsen, H.: The new PR of states: How nation branding practices affect the security function of public diplomacy Public Relations Review 38 (5, December) 2012 pp.810-818

Rath, S. P.: Post/past-'Orientalism' Orientalism and its dis/re-orientation Comparative American Studies 2 (3) 2004 pp.342-359

Rauf, A. (et al.) Prevalence of hepatitis B and C in internally displaced persons of war against terrorism in Swat, Pakistan European Journal of Public Health 21 (5) 2011 pp.638-642

Richardson, J.: The Somali Diaspora: A Key Counterterrorism Ally CTC Sentinel 4 (7, July) 2011 pp.12-14 []

Shain, Y. & Ahram, A.I.: The Frontiers of Loyalty: Do They Really Change? Orbis 47 (4, Autumn) 2003 pp.661-673

Sheffer, G.: Diasporas, Terrorism, and WMD The International Studies Review 7 (1) 2005 pp.160-162

Shinn, D.: Al Shabaab's Foreign Threat to Somalia Orbis 55 (2) 2011 pp.203-215

Shinn, D.H.: Somalia’s New Government and the Challenge of Al-Shabab CTC Sentinel 2 (3, March 15) 2009 pp.1-4

Sosis, R.: Why Sacred Lands Are Not Indivisible: The Cognitive Foundations of Sacralising Land Journal of Terrorism Research 2 (1) 2011 pp.17-43

Stasiulis, D.: Hybrid citizenship and what's left Citizenship Studies 8 (3) 2004 pp.295-303

Steven, C. & Jaine, C.: Public Diplomacy at Home in the UK: Engaging Diasporas and Preventing Terrorism The Hague Journal of Diplomacy 7 (4) 2012 pp.369-394

Tabor, A.S. & Milfont, T.L.: Migration change model: Exploring the process of migration on a psychological level International Journal of Intercultural Relations 35 (6, November) 2011 pp.818-832

Tölölyan, K.: Rethinking Diaspora(s): Stateless Power in the Transnational Moment Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies 5 (1, Spring) 1996 pp.3-36

Tololyanab, K.: Cultural narrative and the motivation of the terrorist Journal of Strategic Studies 10 (4) 1987 pp.217-233

Tsygankov, A.P.: Projecting Confidence, Not Fear: Russia's Post-Imperial Assertiveness Orbis 50 (4, Autumn) 2006 pp.677-690

Wallach, Y.: Trapped in mirror-images: The rhetoric of maps in Israel/Palestine Political Geography 30 (7, September) 2011 pp.358-369

Woon, C.Y.: For ‘emotional fieldwork’ in critical geopolitical research on violence and terrorism Political Geography 33 (March) 2013 pp.31-41

Yamashita, H.: Fighting Terrorism and Fighting Humanitarian Emergencies: Two Approaches to Elastic' Sovereignty and International Order Cambridge Review of International Affairs 18 (1) 2005 pp.105-117


See also resources on the Internet:

Diaspora – United Nations      []
Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies []
Diasporas and Terrorism – Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium (TRAC) []
International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, March 26, 2012 – United Nations []
Journal of Genocide Research []

About the Compiler: Eric Price is a professional Information Specialist working for the International Atomic Enery Agency (IAEA) before he joined, upon retirement, the Editorial Board of ‘Perspectives on Terrorism’.

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