Welcome from the Editor

Dear Reader,

We are pleased to announce the release of Volume IX, Issue 3 (June 2015) of Perspectives on Terrorism at www.terrorismanalysts.com.  Our free online journal is a joint publication of the Terrorism Research Initiative (TRI), headquartered in Vienna (Austria), and the Center for Terrorism and Security Studies (CTSS), Lowell Campus of the University of Massachusetts (United States).

Now in its ninth year, Perspectives on Terrorism has over 5,100 regular subscribers and many more occasional readers and visitors worldwide. The Articles of its six annual issues are fully peer-reviewed by external referees while its Policy Briefs and other content are subject to internal editorial quality control.

This issue opens with an article by Ali Fisher that explains how ISIS with its Swarmcast technique manages to outwit those who try to contain its propaganda on the Internet. One group that has been vulnerable to ISIS’ propaganda are Muslim women in Western diasporas, although women have more to lose from ISIS than most other groups. This paradox is the subject of Anita Perešin’s article. What has contributed much to the recruiting success of ISIS and other jihadists groups since 9/11 are the strategic mistakes made by those who oppose them. Scott Englund touches on this issue in our third article. ISIS is still puzzling policy-makers and one reason for this is that they cannot decide on what exactly the danger is. Boaz Ganor offers greater clarity by posing and answering four key questions in his Policy Brief.

The Policy Brief section also features an interview by Brian G. Williams with Lt.-Gen. David Deptula, a former US Air Force officer involved in the use of drones for countering terrorists. While collateral damage is much lower than from other instruments of war, drones have many critics. As customary, this issue contains book reviews and bibliographies from the hands of Joshua Sinai, Judith Tinnes and Eric Price.

This issue of the journal was prepared by Prof. em. Alex P. Schmid, the editor-in-chief of Perspectives on Terrorism, while the next issue (August 2015) will be prepared by co-editor Prof. James Forest, Interim Director of the CTSS at UMass Lowell, and by Thomas Hegghammer, Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI).

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Perspectives on Terrorism is  a journal of the Terrorism Research Initiative and the Center for Terrorism and Security Studies

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