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About Perspectives on Terrorism

Perspectives on Terrorism (PoT) is a joint publication of the Terrorism Research Initiative (TRI), headquartered in Vienna, Austria, and the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) of Leiden University, Campus The Hague. PoT is published six times per year as a free, independent, scholarly peer-reviewed online journal available at http://www.terrorismanalysts.com.

PoT seeks to provide a platform for established scholars as well as academics and professionals entering the interdisciplinary fields of Terrorism-, Political Violence- and Conflict Studies.

The editors invite researchers and readers to:

• present their perspectives on the prevention of, and response to, terrorism and related forms of violent conflict;

• submit to the journal accounts of evidence-based, empirical scientific research and analyses;

• use the journal as a forum for debate and commentary on issues related to the above.

Perspectives on Terrorism has sometimes been characterised as ‘nontraditional’ in that it dispenses with some of the rigidities associated with commercial print journals. Topical articles can be published at short notice and reach, through the Internet, a much larger audience than subscription-fee based paper journals. Our on-line journal also offers contributors a higher degree of flexibility in terms of content, style and length of articles – but without compromising professional scholarly standards.

The journal’s Research Notes, Special Correspondence, Op-Eds and other content are reviewed by members of the Editorial Board, while its Articles are peer-reviewed by outside academic experts and professionals. While aiming to be policy-relevant, PT does not support any partisan policies regarding (counter-) terrorism and waging conflicts. Impartiality, objectivity and accuracy are guiding principles that we require contributors to adhere to. They are responsible for the content of their contributions and retain the copyright of their publication.

The Editorial Team of Perspectives on Terrorism consists of:

Prof. em. Alex P. Schmid, Editor-in-Chief,

Prof. James J.F. Forest, Co-Editor,

Jennifer Dowling, Associate Editor for IT,

Prof. Gregory Miller, Associate Editor,

Dr. John Morrison, Associate Editor,

Dr. Bart Schuurman, Associate Editor,

Aaron Y. Zelin, Associate Editor,

Joshua Sinai, Books Reviews Editor,

Judith Tinnes, Information Resources Editor,

Jared Dmello, Editorial Assistant,

Jodi Pomeroy, Editorial Assistant.

About the Terrorism Research Initiative

The Terrorism Research Initiative (TRI) is a non-profit, educational and scientific corporation, registered on 2nd of June 2008 at the City of Raleigh, North Carolina. TRI’s mission is ‘Enhancing Security through Collaborative Research’. It has three Directors of which one is also President: Robert Wesley (President and Director), Alex P. Schmid (Director) and Edwin Bakker (Director). TRI has an International Advisory Board, currently consisting of eleven experts, a Consortium of Participating Institutions, currently consisting of 17 centers and institutes, and a group of 125 individual researchers supporting its efforts. They are listed below.

International Advisory Board of the Terrorism Research Initiative

Adam Dolnik is an International Consultant on Hostage and Kidnap for Ransom negotiations and former Professor of Counterterrorism at the George C. Marshall Center for European Security Studies in Germany.

Javier Jordán is Professor of Political Science at the Universidad de Granada, Spain.

Gary LaFree is a Professor of Criminology at the University of Maryland and the Director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START).

David C. Rapoport is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of California at Los Angeles and Founder and Editor of the journal Terrorism and Political Violence.

Marc Sageman is a Forensic Psychiatrist Consultant on transnational terrorism with various US governmental agencies and foreign governments.

Michael Scheuer served in the CIA for 22 years where he was the Chief of the bin Laden Unit at the Counterterrorist Center from 1996 to 1999. Currently he is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University’s Center for Peace and Security Studies.

Yoram Schweitzer is a Senior Research Fellow at Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies.

Michael Stohl is Professor of Communication at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) and Director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies.

Jeff Victoroff is an Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology and Psychiatry at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California.

Peter Waldmann is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Augsburg, Germany.

Leonard Weinberg is Foundation Professor of Political Science at the University of Nevada and Editor of the journal Democracy and Security.

Consortium of Participating Institutions

Center on Terrorism, John Jay College, New York.

Center for Terrorism and Security Studies (CTSS), University of Massachusetts, Lowell Campus.

Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV), University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

Centre for Transnational Crime Prevention (CTCP), University of Wollongong, Australia.

Consortium for Strategic Communication, Arizona State University, USA.

Defense & Strategic Studies Department, Quaid-I-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Global Terrorism Research Centre (GTReC), Monash University, Australia.

International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR), Singapore.

International Center for the Study of Terrorism (ICST), Pennsylvania State University, USA.

Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, Syracuse University, USA.

Institute of International and European Affairs, (IIEA), Dublin, Ireland, Think Tank with a branch in Brussels.

Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA), The Hague, Leiden University.

Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS), Islamabad, Pakistan.

Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS), Athens, Greece.

Research Unit, Political Violence, Terrorism and Radicalization, Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS).

School of International Studies, University of the Pacific, USA.

Oshkosh Institute for the Study of Religion, Violence and Memory, University of Wisconsin, USA.

TRI's Individual Participants

Mahan Abedin is an analyst of Iranian politics and Director of the research group Dysart Consulting.

Gary Ackerman is the Director of the Unconventional Weapons and Technology Division at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), University of Maryland at College Park.

Shaheen Afroze is Research Director and Head of the Peace and Conflict Studies Division at the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS).

Abdullah Alaskar is Professor of History at the King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Mustafa Alani is Senior Advisor & Program Director in Security and Terrorism Studies at the Gulf Research Center, UAE.

Rogelio Alonso is Professor in Politics and Terrorism at Rey Juan Carlos University, Madrid.

Ramiro Anzit Guerrero is Professor at the University del Salvador and the University del Museo Social Argentino.

Victor Asal is Professor of Political Science, University at Albany and Chair of the Department of Public Administration.

Omar Ashour is Senior Lecturer in Security Studies and Middle East Politics and Director of Doctoral Studies at the University of Exeter.

Scott Atran is an American anthropologist and Director at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris.

Edwin Bakker is Professor in Terrorism and Counterterrorism and Scientific Director of the Institute of Security and Global Affairs at Leiden University’s The Hague Campus and one of the three Directors of TRI.

Daniel Baracskay is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Valdosta State University, USA.

Michael Barkun is Professor Emeritus of Political Science in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Shazadi Beg is a Barrister in the United Kingdom and an acknowledged expert on Pakistan.

Gabriel Ben-Dor is Director of the National Security Graduate Studies Center at the University of Haifa.

Jamal Eddine Benhayoun is a Professor of Cultural Studies and Director of the Research Group on Culture and Globalisation at the Abdelmalek Essaadi University, Tetuan, Morocco.

Andrew Black is Managing Director of Black Watch Global, an intelligence and risk management consultancy in Washington, DC.

Mia Bloom is Professor of Communication at Georgia State University.

Randy Borum is a Professor and Coordinator of Strategy and Intelligence Studies in the School of Information at the University of South Florida and a behavioral science researcher/consultant on National Security issues.

Anneli Botha is consultant on terrorism and radicalization with the UN Development Programme and winner of the TRI Thesis Award 2014.

Amel Boubekeur is a French-Algerian researcher on the Maghreb at the University of Grenoble.

Jarret Brachman is a member of the faculty of North Dakota State University and an independent Al-Qaeda analyst.

Jean-Charles Brisard is a French international consultant and expert on terrorism and terrorism financing.

Francesco Cavatorta is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, Laval University, Quebec, Canada.

David Charters is Professor of Military History and Senior Fellow at the Gregg Center, University of New Brunswick, Canada.

Erica Chenoweth is Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

David Cook is an Associate Professor of Religion at Rice University, specializing in apocalyptic literature and movements.

Victor D. Comras is a retired US career diplomat and consultant on terrorism-financing, sanctions and international law.

Maura Conway is Professor at the School of Law & Government, Dublin City University.

Steven R. Corman is Professor and the Director of the Center for Strategic Communication at Arizona State University.

Anja Dalgaard-Nielsen is Director of the Institute for Strategy at the Royal Danish Defense Academy.

Luis de la Corte Ibanez is Professor of Social Psychology at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

James Dingley is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Gibson Institute, Queen’s University, Belfast.

Vera Eccarius-Kelly is Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean, School of Liberal Arts, at Siena College in Albany, NY.

Rodney Faraon is a former intelligence professional and founder of the Crumpton Group’s Research and Analysis practice.

Shabana Fayyaz is Assistant Professor with the Defense and Strategic Studies Department at the Quaid-l-Azam University, Islamabad.

James Forest is Co-editor of Perspectives on Terrorism. He is Professor at the UMass Lowell School of Criminology & Justice Studies, Visiting Professor at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, and Senior Fellow at the U.S. Joint Special Operations University.

George J. Michael is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Westfield State University and at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

Jennifer Giroux is a Senior Strategy Consultant with ReD Associates in New York City.

Beatrice de Graaf is Professor in the History of International Relations & Global Governance at Utrecht University, The Netherlands.

Bob de Graaff is Professor of Intelligence and Security Studies at the Department of History of International Relations, Utrecht University.

Stuart Groombridge is an analyst at the NSW Government in Australia.

Rohan Gunaratna is Professor of Security Studies at the S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University and Head of the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research in Singapore.

Dipak K. Gupta was, until his retirement, Distinguished Professor in Political Science, San Diego State University.

Abdulhadi Hairan is a Kabul-based journalist, writer and researcher on security, governance and terrorism currently working with the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies in Kabul.

Irm Haleem is Assistant Professor and Manager of Research at ICPVTR (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

Muhammad Haniff Hassan is a Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

John Horgan is Professor at the Global Studies Institute and Department of Psychology, at Georgia State University.

Brian K. Houghton is an Associate Professor of Public Policy & Management at BYU-Hawaii.

Russell D. Howard, a former US Army Brigadier General, is currently Adjunct Professor and Director of the Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program.

Richard Jackson is editor-in-chief of Critical Studies on Terrorism and Deputy Director at the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

Jolene Jerard is a Research Fellow at the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR), the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Singapore.

George Joffé is Visiting Professor, King’s College, London University and Senior Fellow of the Centre of International Studies, Robinson College.

Ranga Kalansooriya is the founding Director-General of the Sri Lanka Press Institute and newly appointed Director General of the Sri Lankan Government Information Department.

Jeffrey Kaplan is Associate Professor of Religion and Director of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Institute for the Study of Religion,Violence and Memory. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of Terrorism and Political Violence.

Emmanuel Karagiannis is a political scientist and faculty member at King’s College, London’s Department of Defence Studies.

George Kassimeris holds a chair in Security Studies at the University of Wolverhampton and is co-editor of the journal Critical Studies on Terrorism.

Robert E. Kelly is an Associate Professor of International Relations at Pusan University in South Korea.

Jesmeen Khan is a Research Analyst at the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR), RSIS, Singapore.

Brian Kingshott is Professor of Criminal Justice at Grand Valley State University, USA.

Faryal Leghari a researcher at the Gulf Research Center, UAE.

Melvyn Levitsky is a retired diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service. He is Professor of International Policy and Practice at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

Pete Lentini is Co-founder and Director of the Global Terrorism Research Centre (GTReC), Monash University, Australia.

Brynjar Lia is Professor of Middle East Studies at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages at the University of Oslo.

Douglas Macdonald is Professor in the Political Science Department of Colgate University.

Talat Masood is a retired general of the Pakistani Army and International Consultant on Peace and Security issues.

Will McCants is a scholar on Islam and the founder of the web-based Jihadica. He is a Fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy and Director of the project on U.S. relations with the Islamic World at the Brookings Institution.

Andrew McGregor is the Director of Aberfoyle International Security in Toronto, Canada, and Managing Editor of the Jamestown Foundation’s Global Terrorism Analysis publications.

Mansoor Moaddel is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Fathali M. Moghaddam is an Iranian Professor of Psychology at Georgetown University.

Gregory Miller is Professor and Chair, Department of Strategy, National Defense University. He is also Associate Editor of Perspectives on Terrorism.

Will H. Moore is Professor in the School of Politics & Global Studies at Arizona State University.

Sam Mullins is Professor of Counterterrorism and Academic Advisor at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany).

Kevin R. Murphy is Department Head and Professor of Psychology at Pennsylvania State University.

Brigitte L. Nacos is a journalist and Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, New York.

Peter Neumann is Professor of Security Studies and Director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence at King’s College, London.

John M. Nomikos is Professor of International Intelligence and Senior Fellow of New Westminster College and Director of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS), New Westminster, B.C., Canada.

Mariya Y. Omelicheva is Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Kansas, USA.

Raffaello Pantucci is Director of International Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London.

Alison Pargeter is a North Africa and Middle East expert and Senior Research Associate at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London, UK.

Gregory Pemberton is a researcher at the Australian National University in Acton.

Keli Perrin is Assistant Director of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism at Syracuse University.

James A. Piazza is Research Professor of Political Science at Pennsylvania State University.

Nico Prucha is Fellow at the Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of Vienna.

Gilbert Ramsay is a Lecturer at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

Muhammad Amir Rana is the Director of the Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS), Islamabad, Pakistan.

Magnus Ranstorp is Research Director of the Centre for Asymmetric Threat Studies at the Swedish National Defence College in Stockholm.

Xavier Raufer is Professor of Criminology and Studies Director at the Department on Research into Contemporary Criminal Threats at the University of Paris II.

Fernando Reinares is Professor of Political Science and Security Studies, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, and Director of the Program on Global Terrorism, Elcano Royal Institute, Madrid.

Louise Richardson is a Professor of Political Science and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford.

Karl Roberts is a Forensic Psychologist and Principal Lecturer in Psychology at Sunderland University.

Hanna Rogan is a Research Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment.

Johnny Ryan is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA), an Irish Think Tank.

Alex P. Schmid is a Director of the Terrorism Research Initiative (TRI) and Editor-in-Chief of its online journal Perspectives on Terrorism.

Richard J. Schmidt is Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska, USA.

Mark Sedgwick is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Islamic Cultures and Societies Research Unit (ICSRU) at the University of Aarhus, Denmark.

Abdel Aziz Shady is Director of the Terrorism Studies and Research Program at the Faculty of Economics and Political Sciences at Cairo University, Egypt.

Stephen M. Shellman is Professor in the Political Science Department at the College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA.

Dmitry Shlapentokh is Associate Professor in the Department of History, Indiana University- South Bend.

Joshua Sinai is a Washington DC based writer and consultant; he is also Book Reviews Editor of Perspectives on Terrorism.

Stephen Sloan is Emeritus Professor and Fellow of the Global Perspectives Office of the University of Central Florida.

Jeffrey Sluka is an Associate Professor in Cultural Anthropology at Massey University, Palmerston North, Manawatu, New Zealand.

John Solomon a specialist on terrorist financing issues and Director of Threat Finance Research with Thomson Reuters.

Guido Steinberg is Senior Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP) in Berlin.

Nicole Stracke is a Researcher in the Department of Security and Terrorism Studies at the Gulf Research Center, UAE.

Praveen Swami is an Indian journalist specializing on international and security issues.

Andrew T. H. Tan is an Associate Professor in Social Science and International Studies at the University of New South Wales, Australia.

Manuel R. Torres Soriano is Senior Lecturer in Political Science at the Pablo de Olavide University of Sevilla, Spain.

Carl Anthony Wege is Professor of Political Science at the College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick, Georgia.

Clive Williams is a former intelligence professional and now a Visiting Professor at the Australian National University.

Phil Williams is a Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh.

Mark Woodward is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Arizona State University.

David Wright-Neville is a former senior intelligence analyst with the Australian government and Deputy Director of the Global Terrorism Research Centre and Associate Professor at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Sherifa Zuhur is Director of the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies at Berkeley, University of California.



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ENHANCING SECURITY THROUGH COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH

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

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