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130+ (Counter-) Terrorism Research Centres – an Inventory

compiled and selected by Teun van Dongen

Introduction

In the still expanding field of Terrorism Studies, it is difficult to keep track of who is doing what. Anyone looking for a research partner, a particular type of expertise or, perhaps, a research position, will have a hard time finding his or her way in the myriad of centres, institutes, think tanks, councils and foundations that seek to enlarge our understanding of terrorism. Since ‘enhancing security through collaborative research’ is the mission of the Terrorism Research Initiative (TRI), the editors of its journal Perspectives on Terrorism invited me to compile a list of terrorism research centres.

What is a terrorism research centre? There is a vast number of organisations that at some point in their existence conducted terrorism research, but in order to keep this survey manageable, the focus here is on organisations that have terrorism research as a ‘core business’, i.e. that have a department or a programme specifically devoted to terrorism or counter-terrorism and/or that list terrorism and related forms of political violence as one of their research priorities. It is important to note that only organisations with English-language websites are included.

To a significant extent, the list below is building on previous efforts to make an inventory of security and terrorism research centres. First of all, a similar list appeared in Perspectives on Terrorism in 2010 (vol. 5, no. 4). Many of the research centres on that list are still active; therefore, they have been included in the list presented below. Another useful source was the list of ‘Top Defense and National Security Think Tanks’ from the 2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, which contains rank-ordered lists of the most influential think tanks in several categories. Not all think tanks in the category ‘Defense and National Security’ conduct terrorism research, but some of them certainly do. Therefore, a selection from the ‘go to’-think tanks index has been included here as well. Third, the reports of the United Nations’ Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (UN-CTED) contain the names of some of the participants in the UN’s Global Research Network. Clearly, these participants qualify for a place in the list (as does the network itself). In addition, Google online searches with combinations of search terms like ‘terrorism’, ‘research’, ‘think tank’ and ‘university’ were helpful in finding organisations that did not appear in one of the sources already mentioned.

The organisations identified here have been divided into six categories: (i) universities, (ii) think tanks, (iii) government organisations, (iv) networks, (v) commercial organisations and (vi) other organisations. As this is a list of research organisations, we only included government and commercial organisations that publish freely available research reports in English. Within the six categories, the organisations are listed alphabetically, but no distinction has been made between the British and American spelling of ‘centre’/‘center’.

All entries on the list below contain the organisation’s location, its affiliated organisation, its type, the name of its director, a link to its website (or to the site describing its work on terrorism), an e-mail address (or a link to a contact form) and, if readily available, a brief description of the organisation’s work. For the organisations in the category ‘other’, a short characterisation has been added (‘type’). Most of these data points are self-evident, but three may warrant a brief explanation:

  • Location: this refers to the city where the organisation is based, but the state has been added to the locations of US-based organisations, not only to be more specific about the location, but also to avoid misunderstandings about whether a certain city is in the US, Canada, the UK or Australia. In cases where the reader might be in doubt regarding the specific location of a city, the country has been added.
  • Affiliated organisation: this refers to organisations that the research centres listed are part of (e.g., some research centres are parts of a faculty and a university).
  • Director: the people named as ‘director’ are the director of the organisation that is listed - unless stated otherwise between brackets.

We are under no illusion regarding the completeness of this list; therefore, we encourage readers of Perspectives on Terrorism to come forward (through [email protected]) with suggestions for terrorism research centres that might be included in a future inventory. Since the list has been compiled based only on the websites of the organisations, some of the information below may be outdated. We corrected some entries that we knew to be no longer accurate, but since we did not have the time to double-check all information, we cannot rule out the possibility that some of the information presented below is already outdated. Finally, the presence or absence of research centres in the present list should not be viewed as a value judgment on the quality of the research conducted at these organisations.

  1. Universities

    Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

    Location: Cambridge, MA

    Affiliated organisation: Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government

    Director: William H. Tobey

    Website: https://www.belfercenter.org/project/us-russia-initiative-prevent-nuclear-terrorism

    Contact: [email protected]

    Focus: nuclear terrorism and the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

    1. Centre for Asymmetric Threat Studies

      Location: Stockholm

      Affiliated organisation: Swedish Defence University

      Director: Magnus Ranstorp

      Website: http://www.fhs.se/en/research/research-centres-and-programmes/center-for-asymmetric-threat-studies/about/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: strategic counterterrorism policy, intelligence studies.

    2. Centre for Conflict, Security and Terrorism

      Location: Nottingham (UK)

      Affiliated organisation: School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham

      Director: Rory Cormac and Andrew Mumford

      Website: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/cst/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: “security politics in the UK and internationally”.

    3. Center for Cyber and Homeland Security

      Location: Washington, DC

      Affiliated organisation: George Washington University

      Director: Frank J. Cilluffo

      Website: https://cchs.gwu.edu/counterterrorism-intelligence

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: the centre mentions ‘Counterterrorism and Intelligence’ and ‘Homegrown terror & radicalization’ as research topics.

    4. Center for Defense and Security Studies

      Location: Winnipeg (Canada)

      Affiliated organisation: Faculty of Arts, University of Manitoba

      Director: Andrea Charron

      Website: http://umanitoba.ca/centres/cdss/index.html

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: not stated specifically with regard to terrorism.

    5. Center for International Security and Cooperation

      Location: Stanford, CA

      Affiliated organisation: Stanford University

      Director / contact person: Martha Crenshaw, Joseph Felter

      Website: https://cisac.fsi.stanford.edu/research/organization/6069/67114

      Contact: https://cisac.fsi.stanford.edu/about-cisac

      Focus: one of CISAC’s research areas is ‘Terrorism and Homeland Security’; research focuses on “the nature and organizational structure of international terrorist organizations, and how best to prevent, mitigate, or counter violence committed by non-state actors”.

    6. Center on Law and Security

      Location: New York

      Affiliated organisation: NYU School of Law

      Director: Samuel J. Rascoff

      Website: https://www.lawandsecurity.org/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: big data techniques to counter violent extremism online.

    7. Center on National Security

      Location: New York

      Affiliated organisation: Fordham University School of Law

      Director: Karen J. Greenberg

      Website: http://www.centeronnationalsecurity.org/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: the prosecution of jihadist terrorists in the US.

    8. Center for Strategic Communication

      Location: Tempe, AZ

      Affiliated organisation: Arizona State University

      Director: Steve Corman

      Website: http://csc.asu.edu/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: “countering ideological support for terrorism”.

    9. Center on Terrorism

      Location: New York

      Affiliated organisation: John Jay College of Criminal Justice

      Director: Charles B. Strozier

      Website: http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/center-terrorism

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: “The goals of the Center are to study terrorism conceptually in ways that are familiar and appropriate for a university and to identify the practical applications of that knowledge in the search for alternative forms of human security.”

    10. Center for Terrorism Law

      Location: San Antonio, TX

      Affiliated organisation: School of Law, St. Mary’s University

      Director: Jeffrey F. Addicott

      Website: https://law.stmarytx.edu/academics/special-programs/center-for-terrorism-law/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: “legal issues associated with antiterrorism and counterterrorism. Particular emphasis is given to cyberterrorism, bioterrorism, critical infrastructure and information assurance technologies”.

    11. Center for Terrorism and Security Studies

      Location: Lowell, MA

      Affiliated organisation: School of Criminology and Justice Studies, UMass Lowell

      Director: Neil Shortland

      Website: https://www.uml.edu/Research/CTSS/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: CTSS “leads and facilitates scientific research, education and training to help understand and respond to the evolution, convergence and complexity of domestic and foreign security challenges”. The CTSS was originally established by Prof. James J.F. Forest, who is co-editor of Perspectives on Terrorism and a Jury member of TRI’s Annual Award for the Best Ph.D. Thesis in the field of Terrorism Studies.

    12. Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats

      Location: Lancaster (UK)

      Affiliated organisation: Economic & Social Research Council, Lancaster University

      Director: Paul Taylor

      Website: https://crestresearch.ac.uk/

      Contact: https://crestresearch.ac.uk/contact/

      Focus: the website lists five programmes:

      • Actors and narratives
      • Ideas, beliefs and values in social contexts
      • Understanding and countering online behaviour
      • Eliciting information
      • Protective security and risk assessment
    13. Center for Research on Extremism

      Location: Oslo

      Affiliated organisation: Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Oslo

      Director: Tore Bjørgo

      Website: http://www.sv.uio.no/c-rex/english/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: the causes and consequences of violent right-wing extremism, policies against violent right-wing extremism.

    14. Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events

      Location: Los Angeles

      Affiliated organisation: University of Southern California

      Director: Detlof von Winterfeldt

      Website: http://create.usc.edu/research/research/countering-violent-extremism

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: “behavioral and environmental factors that influence an individual’s proclivity toward joining terrorist networks in the United States or traveling to fight abroad”.

    15. Center for Security Studies

      Location: Zürich (Switzerland)

      Affiliated organisation: ETH Zürich, Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences

      Director: Andreas Wenger

      Website: http://www.css.ethz.ch/en/think-tank/themes/global-security/non-state-violence-and-terrorism-energy-issues.html

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: “all forms of counter-terrorism measures past and present, from the Indian-Pakistani conflict to the US’ ‘Global War on Terror’ and European security challenges”.

    16. Chicago Center for Security and Threats

      Location: Chicago

      Affiliated organisation: University of Chicago

      Director: Robert A. Pape

      Website: https://cpost.uchicago.edu/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: suicide terrorism (including maintaining a suicide attack database).

    17. Conflict, Terrorism and Peace Group

      Location: Auckland (New Zealand)

      Affiliated organisation: School of Social Sciences, University of Auckland

      Director: Chris Wilson (group convenor)

      Website: http://www.arts.auckland.ac.nz/en/about/schools-in-the-faculty-of-arts/school-of-social-sciences/politics-and-international-relations/staff-research/ctap.html

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: “the causes, dynamics, aftermath and prevention of all types of violent conflict; inter-state war; ethnic violence and civil conflict; terrorism and counter-terrorism; genocide and mass killing; peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction; and humanitarian intervention”.

    18. Council on Foreign Relations

      Location: New York and Washington, DC

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Richard N. Haass

      Website: https://www.cfr.org/defense-and-security/terrorism-and-counterterrorism

      Contact: https://www.cfr.org/contact-us

      Focus: not stated specifically with regard to terrorism.

    19. Cranfield Forensic Institute

      Location: Cranfield (UK)

      Affiliated organisation: Cranfield University

      Director: Andrew Silke (Professor of Risk, Terrorism and Resilience)

      Website: https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/centres/cranfield-forensic-institute

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: “(1) radicalisation and de-radicalisation processes; (2) risk assessment; (3) prison, detention and terrorism; (4) counterterrorism strategies; and (5) climate change and terrorism”.

    20. Cyberterrorism Project

      Location: not stated

      Affiliated organisation: Swansea University

      Directors: Thomas Chen, Lee Jarvis, Stuart Macdonald

      Website: http://www.cyberterrorism-project.org/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: cyberterrorism.

    21. Department of Politics and International Relations

      Location: Reading (UK)

      Affiliated organisation: University of Reading

      Director: Colin Gray

      Website: http://www.reading.ac.uk/spirs/research/spirs-cssresearchcluster.aspx

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: critical terrorism studies.

    22. Department of Security Studies and Criminology

      Location: Macquarie County (Australia)

      Affiliated organisation: Macquarie University

      Director/contact person: Julian Droogan

      Website: https://www.mq.edu.au/about/about-the-university/faculties-and-departments/faculty-of-arts/departments-and-centres/department-of-security-studies-and-criminology

      Contact: [email protected] 

      Focus: the website lists the following priorities:

      • Determine the drivers of violent extremism domestically and nationally
      • Map the nature and effectiveness of CVE programs in Australia and abroad
      • Provide research into violent extremist narratives and counter narratives
      • Deliver policy advice on how best to support CT and CVE in Australia
      • Research emerging trends in terrorism such as the cyber domain.
    23. Global Studies Institute

      Location: Atlanta, GA

      Affiliated organisation: Georgia State University

      Director: Tony Lemieux

      Website: http://gsi.gsu.edu/research/conflict-violence-and-terrorism/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: not stated specifically with regard to terrorism.

    24. Global Terrorism Research Centre

      Location: Monash (Australia)

      Affiliated organisation: Monash University

      Director: Pete Lentini

      Website: http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/gtrec/

      Contact: http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/gtrec/contact-us/

      Focus: “research into terrorism, counter-terrorism, cultural conflict and cooperation”.

    25. GW Program on Extremism

      Location: Washington, DC

      Affiliated organisation: George Washington University

      Director: Lorenzo Vidino

      Website: https://extremism.gwu.edu/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: ISIS in America, American foreign fighters and ISIS’ online activities.

    26. Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence

      Location: St Andrews (UK)

      Affiliated organisation: University of St Andrews

      Director: Tim Wilson

      Website: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/~cstpv/

      Contact: Gillian Brunton ([email protected])

      Focus: “the causes, dynamics, characteristics and consequences of terrorism and related forms of political violence”.

    27. Institute for Conflict Management

      Location: Delhi

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: K.P.S. Gill

      Website: http://www.satp.org/satporgtp/icm/index.html

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: “terrorism, low intensity warfare, sectarian and other conflict, developmental and economic policies in areas of widespread disorder and the effective civil administration of areas under threat of terrorism or other patterns of widespread strife” (the geographical focus is on India and South Asia).

    28. Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism

      Location: Syracuse, NY

      Affiliated organisation: Syracuse University

      Director: William C. Banks

      Website: http://insct.syr.edu/

      Contact: [email protected] 

      Focus: national and international security, counterterrorism and post-conflict reconstruction.

    29. Institute of Security and Global Affairs

      Location: The Hague

      Affiliated organisation: Leiden University, Campus The Hague

      Director: position vacant; until recently Edwin Bakker

      Website: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/governance-and-global-affairs/institute-of-security-and-global-affairs

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: interdisciplinary research and teaching in the field of security studies, using a ‘glocal’ approach, i.e. local, national, transnational and global impact are studied and analysed in conjunction with each other. ISGA and TRI are parent organisations of Perspectives on Terrorism.

    30. Institute for Security Policy

      Location: Kiel (Germany)

      Affiliated organisation: Christian-Albrechts Universität zu Kiel

      Director: Joachim Krause

      Website: http://www.ispk.uni-kiel.de/en

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: the institute publishes a yearbook on terrorism.

    31. Institute for the Study of Violent Groups

      Location: New Haven, CT

      Affiliated organisation: University of New Haven

      Director: Richard Ward

      Website: http://www.isvg.org/organization.php

      Contact: http://www.isvg.org/organization-contact.php

      Focus: ISVG maintains a large database on extremist organizations worldwide.

    32. Institute for the Theory & Practice of International Relations

      Location: Williamsburg, VA

      Affiliated organisation: William & Mary College

      Director: Steve Shellman

      Website: http://www.wm.edu/offices/itpir/projects/vipcat/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: not stated specifically with regard to terrorism. 

    33. International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research

      Location: Singapore

      Affiliated organisation: Nanyang Technical University, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

      Director: Rohan Gunaratna

      Website: http://www.rsis.edu.sg/research/icpvtr/

      Contact: contact form at http://www.rsis.edu.sg/research/icpvtr/

      Focus: not stated specifically.

    34. International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation

      Location: London

      Affiliated organisation: King’s College London, War Studies Department

      Director: Peter Neumann

      Website: http://icsr.info/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: ICSR’s research strands include:

      • Countering terrorist financing
      • Jihadist media strategy
      • Western foreign fighters in Syria
      • De-radicalisation
      • Europe’s new far-right
      • The King’s programme for Middle East Dialogue
    35. International Crisis Group

      Location: Brussels (HQ), New York, Washington, DC and London

      Affilliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Robert Malley

      Website: https://www.crisisgroup.org/

      Contact: https://www.crisisgroup.org/contact-us

      Focus: the website lists two ‘Global Issues’ related to terrorism, i.e. ‘Jihad in Modern Conflict’ and ‘The Boko Haram Insurgency’.

    36. International Institute for Counter-Terrorism

      Location: Herzliya, Israel

      Affiliated organisation: Interdisciplinary Center

      Director: Boaz Ganor

      Website: http://www.ict.org.il

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: ICT organizes an annual World Summit on Counter-Terrorism in early September of each year and is the home of many academics with CT practitioner backgrounds. ICT’s website lists eight ‘desks’:

      • Cyber
      • International humanitarian law
      • CBRN
      • Jihadi websites monitoring
      • Governance and political violence
      • Database
      • Terrorist prosecution
      • Extremism and hate crime
    37. Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

      Location: Monterey, CA

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Jeff Dayton-Johnson

      Website: http://www.miis.edu/academics/researchcenters/terrorism-research

      Contact: http://www.miis.edu/about/contact

      Focus: “terrorism and counterterrorism, extremist groups, regional studies of terrorism, and related aspects of international and homeland security”.

    38. National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism

      Location: College Park, MD

      Affiliated organisation: University of Maryland

      Director: Gary LaFree

      Website: http://www.start.umd.edu/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: the website lists the following research themes:

      • Terrorism and Violent Extremism
      • Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism
      • Risk Communication and Resilience
      • Radicalization and Deradicalization
      • Unconventional Weapons and Technology
    39. Nelson Institute

      Location: Harrisonburg, VA

      Affiliated organisation: James Madison University

      Director: Peggy Plass

      Website: http://www.jmu.edu/nelsoninstitute/projects/terror.shtml

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: “the Institute (…) seeks not only to analyze specific terrorist threats, but also to understand the historical, cultural, philosophical, and religious factors that drive terrorist groups and the consequent challenge that they present to free societies”.

    40. Terrorism and Disaster Center

      Location: Norman, OK

      Affiliated organisation: College of Medicine, University of Oklahoma

      Director: Betty Pfefferbaum

      Website: https://www.oumedicine.com/TDC

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: the website lists the following focal points:

      • enhancing the resilience of communities to address disaster –related mental health issues for children and families;
      • increasing the resilience of children for disaster and terrorism preparedness, response, and recovery; and
      • offering training, consultation, and technical assistance to prepare providers and community programs to address disaster preparedness and response for children, families, and communities.
    41. Terrorism and Extremism Research Centre

      Location: London

      Affiliated organisation: University of East London

      Director: John Morrison

      Website: https://www.uel.ac.uk/schools/royal-docks/terrorism-and-extremism-research-centre

      Contact: e-mail addresses of individual staff members of TERC are available here.

      Focus: “the act of terrorism itself and the motivations and rationale of the terrorist actor; counter-terrorist policies, tactics and strategies; the history, manifestations and modern-day versions of political, social and religious extremism; internal and external influences on terrorist and extremist individuals, groups and their activities”.

    42. Terrorism & Preparedness Resource Center

      Location: Ann Arbor, MI

      Affiliated organisation: University of Michigan (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research and the National Archive for Criminal Justice Data) and START (see National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism)

      Director: Tim Bynum

      Website: https://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/content/NACJD/guides/tpdrc.html

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: “nature of intra- (domestic) and international terrorism incidents, organizations, perpetrators, and victims; governmental and nongovernmental responses to terror, including primary, secondary, and tertiary interventions; and citizen’s attitudes towards terrorism, terror incidents, and the response to terror”.

    43. Terrorism and Political Violence Association

      Location: Leeds (UK)

      Affiliated organisation: University of Leeds

      Director/Coordinator: Gordon Clubb, Hanna Palgaard Munden

      Website: http://tapva.leeds.ac.uk/

      Contact: not stated, e-mail addresses of individual staff members are available here

      Focus: TAPVA is the UK’s part of TRI’s network of national and (sub-)regional associations of PhD thesis writers.

    44. Terrorism Research Center

      Location: Fayetteville, AR

      Affiliated organisation: University of Arkansas, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

      Director: Brent L. Smith

      Website: https://fulbright.uark.edu/departments/sociology/terrorism-research-center/index.php

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: the website lists the following priorities:

      • Providing a comprehensive record of persons indicted in federal courts as a result of FBI “terrorism enterprise” investigations
      • Geospatial and temporal patterns of terrorist activities in the United States, including incidents and activities during the planning process
      • Prosecutorial, defense, and investigation strategies relating to terrorism
      • Factors contributing to terrorist longevity over time and interdiction strategies
      • Community risk factors for radicalization or pre-incident activities
    45. Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center

      Location: Arlington, VA

      Affiliated organisation: George Mason University

      Director: Louise Shelley

      Website: http://traccc.gmu.edu/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: the center studies “all forms of terrorism, transnational crime and corruption, focusing on the political, societal and economic conditions which contribute to the spread of these phenomena, as well as methods used by criminals and terrorists to execute their crimes.”

    46. Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security

      Location: Durham, NC

      Affiliated organisation: Duke University

      Director: David Schanzer

      Website: https://sites.duke.edu/tcths/

      Contact: https://sites.duke.edu/tcths/contact/

      Focus: “terrorism and the means to combat it through education, research and the development of partnerships between universities, industry and government.”

    47. Washington Institute

      Location: Washington, DC

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Matthew Levitt (Director of the Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence)

      Website: http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/about/research-programs/project-fikra/ and http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/about/research-programs/stein-program-on-counterterrorism-and-intelligence/

      Contact: http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/about/contact-us

      Focus: the Washington Institute runs two programmes related to terrorism: Project Fikra and the Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence. The goal of Project Fikra is to counter “the spread of extremism in the Middle East.” The Stein Program focuses on “the analysis of terrorist groups, state sponsors, logistical and financial support networks, and counterterrorism policy”.

  2. Think Tanks
    1. African Centre for the Study and Research of Terrorism

      Location: Algiers

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Larry Gbevlo-Lartey Esq.

      Website: http://www.caert.org.dz/

      Contact: [email protected] 

      Focus: terrorism in Africa.

    2. Anti-Defamation League

      Location: several US cities, see https://www.adl.org/who-we-are/our-organization/regional-offices

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Marvin D. Nathan

      Website: https://www.adl.org/what-we-do/combat-hate/extremism-terrorism-bigotry

      Contact: https://www.adl.org/contact

      Focus: foreign and domestic extremism, terrorism and hate speech/crimes in the US with a focus on anti-Semitism.

    3. Aspen Institute

      Location: headquartered in Washington, DC (see https://www.aspeninstitute.org/contact/ for the various departments and international affiliates).

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Clark Ervin (director of the Aspen Institute’s Homeland Security Program)

      Website: https://www.aspeninstitute.org/programs/homeland-security-program/

      Contact: https://www.aspeninstitute.org/contact/

      Focus: not stated specifically with regard to terrorism.

    4. Bangladesh Center for Terrorism Research

      Location: Dhaka (Bangladesh)

      Affiliated organisation: Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies

      Director: A.N.M. Muniruzzaman

      Website: http://www.bipss.org.bd/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: “study, data management and research on terrorism, radicalization and extremism”.

    5. Brookings Institute

      Location: Washington, DC

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: John R. Allen

      Website: https://www.brookings.edu/topic/terrorism-extremism/

      Contact: https://www.brookings.edu/contact-brookings/

      Focus: ‘terrorism & extremism’ is listed as one of Brookings’ research topics, without further specification.

    6. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

      Location: Washington, DC (with branches in New Delhi, Moscow, Brussels, Beirut and Beijing)

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: William J. Burns

      Website: http://carnegieendowment.org/topic/1284

      Contact: https://carnegieendowment.org/about/?fa=contact

      Focus: not stated specifically with regard to terrorism.

    7. Cato Institute

      Location: Washington, DC

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Peter Goettler

      Website: https://www.cato.org/research/counterterrorism-homeland-security

      Contact: https://www.cato.org/contact-us

      Focus: not stated specifically with regard to terrorism.

    8. Center for the Analysis of Terrorism

      Location: France (city not stated)

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Jean-Charles Brisard

      Website: http://cat-int.org/?lang=en

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: “organizational, spatial and financial patterns of terrorist activities”.

    9. Centre for Conflict and Peace Studies

      Location: Kabul

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director / contact person: not listed

      Website: http://www.caps.af/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: the CCPS is focused on terrorist and insurgent violence in Afghanistan (“the CCPS monitors the activities of the Taliban and the Haqqani network and maintains a database of suicide attacks in Afghanistan”).

    10. Centre for Land Warfare Studies

      Location: Delhi

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Balraj Singh Nagal

      Website: http://www.claws.in/research-area/national-security/sub-conventional-conflict/terrorism/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: not stated specifically with regard to terrorism.

    11. Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies

      Location: Ankara

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Ahmet Uysal

      Website: http://orsam.org.tr/orsam/anasayfa?dil=en

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: not stated specifically with regard to terrorism; however, many of the centre’s publications are about ISIS and foreign fighters.

    12. Center for a New American Security

      Location: Washington, DC

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Victoria Nuland

      Website: https://www.cnas.org/research/middle-east-security/isis-isil

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: the website lists ‘Iraq/Syria/ISIS’ as research areas, with no further specification.

    13. Center for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence

      Location: Montréal

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Herman Deparice-Okomba

      Website: https://info-radical.org/en/

      Contact: [email protected] 

      Focus: violent radicalization in Québec.

    14. Center on Radicalization and International Terrorism

      Location: Milan

      Affiliated organisation: Italian Institute for International Political Studies

      Director: Lorenzo Vidino

      Website: http://www.ispionline.it/en/ricerca/radicalizzazione-e-terrorismo-internazionale

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: “empirical analysis of violent and non-violent extremism in Europe and the world, with a particular emphasis on jihadist ideology.”

    15. Center for Research & Security Studies

      Location: Islamabad

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Imtiaz Gul

      Website: http://crss.pk/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: the center lists ‘counter-radicalization’ as one of its main research issues.

    16. Centre for the Response to Radicalisation and Terrorism

      Location: London

      Affiliated organisation: Henry Jackson Society

      Director: Alan Mendoza (Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Henry Jackson Society)

      Website: http://henryjacksonsociety.org/crrt/

      Contact: http://henryjacksonsociety.org/about-the-society/contact-us/

      Focus: the website lists 26 research topics, including 9/11, ISIS, Boko Haram, Hamas, extremism, far-right and nuclear weapons.

    17. Center for Strategic and International Studies

      Location: Washington, DC

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Kathleen H. Hicks

      Website: https://www.csis.org/programs/international-security-program/international-security-program-archived-projects/homeland

      Contact: not stated

      Focus: CSIS’ terrorism research is led by the Transnational Threats Project, the International Security Program, and the Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy (Anthony H. Cordesman).

    18. Center for the Study of Terrorism

      Location: Philadelphia, PA

      Affiliated organisation: Foreign Policy Research Institute

      Director: Lawrence Husick, Edward A. Turzanski

      Website: https://www.fpri.org/research/terrorism/

      Contact: not stated

      Focus: “fact-based analysis of actual and potential uses of terrorism as a tactic by adversaries of the United States and its allies”.

    19. Chatham House

      Location: London

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: not stated

      Website: https://www.chathamhouse.org/research/topics/international-security/terrorism

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: counterterrorism, lone-wolf terrorism, ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and radicalisation.

    20. Consortium for Research on Terrorism and International Crime

      Location: Oslo

      Affiliated organisations:  Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI), the Police University College (PHS) and the Center for Research on Extremism

      Director: Rita Augestad Knudsen (senior research fellow, listed as contact person)

      Website: http://www.nupi.no/en/About-NUPI/Projects-centres-and-programmes/Consortium-for-Research-on-Terrorism-and-International-Crime

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: “violent extremism and terrorism, Islamic terrorism in Europe and the rest of the world, right-wing extremism and anti-Jihadi movements, solo-terrorism, terrorist target selection, the fight against terrorism”.

    21. Counter-Terrorism Policy Centre

      Location: Barton (Australia)

      Affiliated organisation: Australian Strategic Policy Institute

      Director: Isaac Kfir

      Website: https://www.aspi.org.au/program/counter-terrorism-policy-centre

      Contact: https://www.aspi.org.au/contact-us/

      Focus: “the counter-terrorism environment, including policy, legislation, terrorist threat, cross-jurisdiction and international issues.”

    22. Danish Institute for International Affairs

      Location: Copenhagen

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Kristian Fischer

      Website: https://www.diis.dk/en/emne/terror

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: “current forms of terrorism and extremism, strategies of countering, preventing and managing these phenomena”.

    23. Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations

      Location: Brussels

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Rik Coolsaet

      Website: http://www.egmontinstitute.be/core/terrorism/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: not stated specifically with regard to terrorism.

    24. Elcano Royal Institute

      Location: Madrid

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Fernando Reinares

      Website: http://www.realinstitutoelcano.org/wps/portal/rielcano_en/research-topics/international-terrorism

      Contact: not stated

      Focus: manifestations of terrorism in Spain, Europe and beyond, Basque terrorism, Al-Qaeda and ISIS among other terrorist groups.

    25. Foundation for Defense of Democracy (FDD)

      Location: Washington, DC

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Clifford D. May

      Website: http://www.defenddemocracy.org/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: covers a number of geographical areas, with a special focus on the Middle East and North Africa (see the website for an overview).

    26. French Institute of International Affairs

      Location: Paris and Brussels

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Thierry de Montbrial

      Website: https://www.ifri.org/en/recherche/thematiques-transversales/securite-defense/securite-interieure

      Contact: https://www.ifri.org/en/contact-us

      Focus: “the role of social networks as tools of ideological radicalization and informal mobilization, the emergence of new forms of violent opposition, the repercussions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in France, the evolution of the international jihadist movement, the potential physical and cyber threats on critical infrastructure, the improvement of prevention and repression procedures.”

    27. Global Center on Cooperative Security

      Location: Washington, DC, New York and London

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director / contact person: Alistair Millar

      Website: http://www.globalcenter.org/topics/countering-violent-extremism/

      Contact: http://www.globalcenter.org/contact-us/

      Focus: “context-specific research to inform CVE policy and practice”.

    28. George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

      Location: Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany)

      Affiliated organisation: the centre is a joint initiative of the US government and the German government.

      Director: Keith L. Wert, Peggy Garza and David L. Oglesby

      Website: http://www.marshallcenter.org/mcpublicweb/en/

      Contact: http://www.marshallcenter.org/mcpublicweb/en/nav-main-contact-en.html

      Focus: the centre mentions two ‘areas of strategic interest’ that are related to terrorism:

      • Terrorism, including waging the “Battle of Ideas” to delegitimize terrorism and support for terrorism
      • Regional and local crises that could turn into transnational threats and/or spur transnational terrorism
    29. German Institute on Radicalization and De-radicalization Studies

      Location: Graal-Müritz (Germany)

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Daniel Koehler

      Website: http://www.girds.org/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: “the theoretical and practical development of de-radicalization methods, evaluation tools, training manuals, and concepts”.

    30. Hedayah

      Location: Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Maram Tarabishi

      Website: http://www.hedayahcenter.org/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: development of, and depository for, counter-narratives to jihadist narratives.

    31. Henry L. Stimson Center

      Location: Washington, DC

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Brian Finlay

      Website: https://www.stimson.org/topics/terrorism

      Contact: https://www.stimson.org/content/contact-us

      Focus: not stated specifically with regard to terrorism.

    32. Heritage Foundation

      Location: Washington, DC

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: https://www.heritage.org/about-heritage/staff/leadership

      Website: https://www.heritage.org/terrorism

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: not stated specifically with regard to terrorism.

    33. Hoover Institution

      Location: Stanford, CA

      Affiliated organisation: Stanford University

      Director: Thomas Gilligan

      Website: https://www.hoover.org/research-topic/terrorism

      Contact: https://www.hoover.org/about/contact-us

      Focus: the Hoover institution addresses terrorism in its National Security and Law Task Force and in its Working Group in Islamism and International Order.

    34. Hudson Institute

      Location: Washington, DC

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Kenneth R. Weinstein

      Website: https://www.hudson.org/topics/32-terrorism-radical-ideologies

      Contact: https://www.hudson.org/about/contact

      Focus: not stated specifically with regard to terrorism.

    35. Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses

      Location: New Delhi

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Jayant Prasad

      Website: https://idsa.in/terrorisminternalsecurity

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: India’s Naga and Maoist insurgencies.

    36. Institute for National Security Studies

      Location: Tel Aviv

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Amos Yadlin

      Website: http://www.inss.org.il/subjects_tags/terrorism/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: “terrorism in Lebanon, with an emphasis on Hezbollah, Salafist jihadist elements, and Iranian and Syrian involvement in their activity; terrorism trends perpetrated in the international arena, with an emphasis on the Muslim fundamentalist terrorism of al-Qaeda and global jihad; and the fight against terrorism, particularly the … related strategies and dilemmas”.

    37. Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies

      Location: New Delhi

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Ruhee Neog

      Website: http://www.ipcs.org/issues/terrorism/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: not stated specifically with regard to terrorism.

    38. Institute for Security Studies

      Location: Pretoria, Addis Ababa, Dakar and Nairobi

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: https://issafrica.org/personnel#leadership

      Website: https://issafrica.org/topics-regions/search?topics=219&regions

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: not stated specifically with respect to terrorism.

    39. Institute of Strategic Studies

      Location: Islamabad

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Khalid Mahmood

      Website: http://www.issi.org.pk/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: not stated specifically with regard to terrorism.

    40. International Centre for Counter Terrorism

      Location: The Hague

      Affiliated organisations: Clingendael Institute for International Affairs, T.C.M. Asser Institute, ISGA Leiden University, Campus The Hague

      Director: Renske van der Veer

      Website: www.icct.nl

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: “comparative analysis of counter-terrorism policies, strategies and interventions, country and regional analyses, the foreign fighter phenomenon and forward looking trends and threats analyses”.

    41. International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism

      Location: Washington, DC

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Anne Speckhard

      Website: http://www.icsve.org/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: ICSVE has conducted research based on interviews with ISIS-defectors, seeking to develop counter-narratives to the propaganda of ISIS.

    42. International Center for Terrorism Studies

      Location: Arlington, VA

      Affiliated organisation: Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

      Director: Michael S. Swetnam

      Website: http://www.potomacinstitute.org/academic-centers/international-center-for-terrorism-studies-icts

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: the website lists the following priorities:

      • To monitor current and future threats of terrorism;
      • To develop response strategies on governmental and non-governmental levels;
      • To effect continual communication with policy-makers, academic institutions, business, media, and civic organizations;
      • To sponsor research programs on critical issues, particularly those relating enabling technologies with policy, and share findings nationally and internationally.
    43. International Institute for European Affairs

      Location: Dublin and Brussels

      Affiliated organisation:

      Directors: Ben Tonra, Marie Cross and Patrick Keatinge (chairs of the institute’s Security and Defence Policy working group); Nora Owen (chair of the institute’s Justice and Home Affairs working group)

      Website: https://www.iiea.com/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: the IIEA addresses terrorism in its Security and Defence Policy working group and in its Justice and Home Affairs working group.

    44. International Institute for Strategic Studies

      Location: London, Washington, DC, Singapore and Manama (Bahrain)

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: John Chipman

      Website: https://www.iiss.org/en/topics/counter-terrorism

      Contact: https://www.iiss.org/en/contact-s-us

      Focus: not stated specifically with regard to terrorism.

    45. International Peace Institute

      Location: New York, Vienna and Manama (Bahrain)

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Terje Rød-Larsen

      Website: https://www.ipinst.org/program/preventing-violent-extremism, https://ipinst.org/tag/terrorism

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: violent extremism afflicting the Sahel Sahara region.

    46. Investigative Project on Terrorism

      Location: Washington, DC

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Steven Emerson

      Website: http://www.investigativeproject.org/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: “the operations, funding, activities and front groups of Islamic terrorist and extremist groups”.

    47. Jamestown Foundation

      Location: Washington, DC

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Willem de Vogel

      Website: https://jamestown.org/programs/tm/about-jamestowns-terrorism-program/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: “covering terrorism and security issues, utilizing indigenous sources and with attention paid to frequently un-reported or under-reported topics”.

    48. Jihad & Terrorism Threat Monitor

      Location: Washington, DC

      Affiliated organisation: Middle East Media Research Initiative (MEMRI)

      Director: Oliver ‘Buck’ Revell

      Website: https://www.memri.org/jttm

      Contact: https://www.memri.org/request-a-clip

      Focus: the website lists the following subjects:

      • Jihad in the West
      • Women and Jihad
      • Alerts, Planning and Training
      • Counter-Radicalization Initiative
      • Foreign Fighters
      • Global Jihad News
      • In Depth Threat Analysis
      • Jihadi Texts
      • South Asia Jihad
    49. Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies

      Location: Almaty and Astana (Kazakhstan)

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Shaukenova Zarema Kaukenovna

      Website: http://kisi.kz/en

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: “the current state of the political institutions, inter-ethnic and inter-confessional relations as well as counterbalancing religious extremism and terrorism”.

    50. Libyan Center for Studies of Counter Terrorism & Extremist Ideas

      Location: Chahat (Libya)

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: not stated

      Website: https://www.lcsatei.org/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: terrorist attacks and extremist ideas in Libya.

    51. Mackenzie Institute

      Location: Toronto

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Jess Sole

      Website: http://mackenzieinstitute.com/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: the institute maintains profiles of terrorist groups.

    52. Manhattan Institute

      Location: New York

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Lawrence Mone

      Website: https://www.manhattan-institute.org/other/counterterrorism

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: not stated specifically with regard to terrorism.

    53. Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center

      Location: Ramat Hasharon (Israel)

      Affiliated organisation: Israeli Intelligence Heritage and Commemoration Center

      Director: Reuven Erlich

      Website: http://www.terrorism-info.org.il/en/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: the website lists the following main research topics:

      • Palestinian terrorist organizations, their ideology, activities and military capabilities, their political activity, and their international battle for hearts and minds.
      • Palestinian Authority and the de-facto Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip.
      • Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
      • Hezbollah in Lebanon.
      • Global jihad organizations, mainly ISIS and Al-Qaeda.
      • Funding and marketing of terrorism.
      • State sponsors of terrorism, mainly Iran and Syria.
      • The campaign to delegitimize Israel.
      • Anti-Semitism and incitement to terrorism and hatred directed against the State of Israel and the Jewish people.
      • Iran and its policy toward terrorism and the State of Israel.
    54. Norwegian Institute for International Affairs

      Location: Oslo

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Ulf Sverdrup

      Website: http://www.nupi.no/en/Our-research/War-and-peace/Terrorism

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: “At NUPI, research on terrorism has concentrated especially on the European rim from North Africa to the Caucasus region, and our main instrument for this research is the research programme the Terror Consortium.”

      Some of the questions the institute seeks to answer:

      • What are the linkages between terrorism, organized crime, weak states and new forms of organized violence?
      • How to distinguish between terrorists and freedom fighters?
      • What are the political implications of how various insurgent groups are defined?
    55. Pak Institute for Peace Studies

      Location: Islamabad

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Muhammad Amir Rana

      Website: http://san-pips.com/

      Contact: http://san-pips.com/index.php?action=main&id=cont

      Focus: “conflict and development, political violence, religious extremism, ethnic strife, terrorism, governance and democracy, foreign relations, and cultural learning of policy-making processes”. The PIPS has specific programmes about ‘Political Violence and Terrorism’ and ‘De-radicalization’.

    56. Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research

      Location: Quezon City

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Rommel C. Banlaoi

      Website: http://pipvtr.com/pipvtr/index.php?section=1

      Contact: http://pipvtr.com/pipvtr/index.php?section=10

      Focus: not stated specifically.

    57. Polish Institute of International Affairs

      Location: Warsaw

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Sławomir Dębski

      Website: http://www.pism.pl/Issues/security?tag=164

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: not stated specifically with regard to terrorism

    58. Quilliam Foundation

      Location: London

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Noman Benotman

      Website: https://www.quilliaminternational.com/divisions/quilliam-global/research/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: “radicalisation, extremism, terrorism and how to counter these phenomena”.

    59. RAND Corporation

      Location: Santa Monica, CA

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Michael D. Rich

      Website: https://www.rand.org/topics/terrorism-and-homeland-security.html

      Contact: https://www.rand.org/about/contacts.html

      Focus: RAND is one of the largest US think tanks on defense and security matters; its research program on terrorism, spearheaded by Brian M. Jenkins, goes back to the early 1970s.

    60. Research Institute for European and American Studies

      Location: Attiki (Greece)

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: John M. Nomikos

      Website: http://www.rieas.gr/researchareas/terrorism-studies

      Contact: http://www.rieas.gr/contact

      Focus: not stated specifically with regard to terrorism.

    61. Resolve Network

      Location: Washington, DC

      Affiliated organisation: United States Institute of Peace (see below)

      Director: Leanne Erdberg (interim director)

      Website: https://www.resolvenet.org/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: the network has four ‘thematic channels’ (Governance and security, Ideology, Intervention Demographics, and Political Violence); in regional terms, the network is focused on Africa, Asia, the Balkans and the Middle East.

    62. Royal United Services Institute

      Location: London, Tokyo, Brussels and Nairobi

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Rafaello Pantucci (director for International Security Studies)

      Website: https://rusi.org/themes/terrorism

      Contact: https://rusi.org/contact-us

      Focus: RUSI is the UK’s oldest think tank on defense and international security; focus not stated specifically with regard to terrorism.

    63. Southern Poverty Law Center

      Location: Montgomery, AL (HQ)

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Heidi Beirich (Intelligence Project Director)

      Website: https://www.splcenter.org/

      Contact: https://www.splcenter.org/contact-us

      Focus: the monitoring of “hate groups and extremists throughout the United States”.

    64. United States Institute of Peace

      Location: Washington, DC

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Nancy Lindborg

      Website: https://www.usip.org/issue-areas/violent-extremism

      Contact: https://www.usip.org/contact

      Focus: “the underlying causes of violent extremism”.

    65. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

      Location: Washington, DC

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Frederic V. Malek

      Website: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/research?topic=399

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: ISIS is one of the centre’s core research areas.

  3. Governmental Organisations
    1. Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism

      Location: Washington, DC

      Affiliated organisation: US State Department

      Director: Nathan A. Sales

      Website: https://www.state.gov/j/ct/index.htm

      Contact: https://www.state.gov/j/ct/contact/index.htm

      Focus: the Bureau releases annual Country Reports on Terrorism.

    2. Canadian Security and Intelligence Service

      Location: Ottawa

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: David Vigneault

      Website: https://www.csis-scrs.gc.ca/ththrtnvrnmnt/trrrsm/index-en.php and https://www.csis-scrs.gc.ca/pblctns/index-en.php (publications)

      Contact: https://www.canada.ca/en/security-intelligence-service/corporate/contact-us.html

      Focus: the websites lists radicalization, various specific jihadist organisations and terrorist finance as main topics.

    3. Centre of Excellence Defence against Terrorism

      Location: Ankara

      Affiliated organisation: NATO

      Director: Col. Mehmet Aslantaş

      Website: http://www.coedat.nato.int/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: not stated.

    4. Centre for Strategic Studies and Simulation

      Location: New Delhi

      Affiliated organisation: United Services Institute of India (military academy)

      Director: Anil Kumar Ahuja

      Website: http://usiofindia.org/CS3/

      Contact: http://usiofindia.org/Contact/

      Focus: the website lists “Terrorism and Transnational Security. Dealing with transnational and global terrorism” as a research area.

    5. Center for Terror Analysis

      Location: Søborg, Denmark

      Affiliated organisation: PET (Danish security and intelligence agency)

      Director: Finn Borch Andersen (head of PET)

      Website: https://www.pet.dk/English/Center%20for%20Terror%20Analysis.aspx

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: the Centre for Terror Analysis publishes assessments of the terrorist threat to Denmark (see: https://www.pet.dk/English/Publications.aspx).

    6. Combating Terrorism Centre

      Location: West Point, NY

      Affiliated organisation: United States Military Academy

      Director: Bryan Price

      Website: https://ctc.usma.edu/

      Contact: https://ctc.usma.edu/contact

      Focus: the website lists the following research topics:

      • Cooperation, competition and fissures
      • Counterterrorism
      • CVE, de-rad and disengagement
      • Financing and the crime-terror nexus
      • Foreign fighters
      • Hostage and kidnapping
      • Ideology, rules and edicts
      • Innovation and technology
      • Media and communication
      • Operations, plots and attacks
      • Recruitment and radicalisation
      • Strategy, history and goals
      • Terror behaviour
      • Weapons and tactics
      • Weapons of mass destruction
    7. Europol

      Location: The Hague

      Affiliated organisation: police organisation of EU member states

      Director: Rob Wainwright

      Website: https://www.europol.europa.eu/crime-areas-and-trends/crime-areas/terrorism

      Contact: https://www.europol.europa.eu/contact-us

      Focus: Europol’s European Counter Terrorism Centre monitors, since 2016, various forms of terrorism and publishes the annual EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Reports (TE-SAT reports).

    8. Federal Intelligence Service

      Location: Bern

      Affiliated organisation: Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport

      Director: not stated

      Website: https://www.vbs.admin.ch/en/ddps/organisation/administrative-units/intelligence-service.html

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: the Federal Intelligence Service issues annual national threat assessments, which include sections on religious and nationalist terrorism and right- and left wing extremism (see the ‘documents’ tab on the website).

    9. Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution

      Location: Cologne (Germany)

      Affiliated organisation: Federal Ministry of the Interior

      Director: Hans-Georg Maassen

      Website: https://www.verfassungsschutz.de/en/fields-of-work

      Contact: https://www.verfassungsschutz.de/en/contact

      Focus: the Federal Office (BfV, or Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz) lists right-wing extremism, left-wing extremism, extremism of foreign fighters, Islamism and Islamic terrorism as fields of work. Its annual reports contain analyses of the trends and development of these threats. The BfV also published a small number of ‘stand alone’ reports on these topics. See: https://www.verfassungsschutz.de/en/public-relations/publications.

    10. General Intelligence and Security Service

      Location: Zoetermeer (The Netherlands)

      Affiliated organisation: Ministry of the Interior

      Director: Rob Bertholee

      Website: https://english.aivd.nl/

      Contact: https://english.aivd.nl/contact

      Focus: the GISC (AIVD, or Algemene Inlichtingen- en Veiligheidsdienst) publishes occasional reports on the Islamic State (see https://english.aivd.nl/publications).

    11. National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism

      Location: The Hague

      Affiliated organisation: Ministry of Justice and Security

      Director: Dick Schoof

      Website: https://english.nctv.nl/

      Contact: https://english.nctv.nl/contact.aspx

      Focus: the NCSC (NCTV, or Nationaal Coördinator Terrorismebestrijding en Veiligheid) publishes quarterly assessments of the terrorist threat to the Netherlands; see: https://english.nctv.nl/topics_a_z/terrorist_threat_assessment_netherlands/index.aspx.

    12. Southeast Asia Regional Centre for Counter-Terrorism

      Location: Kuala Lumpur

      Affiliated organisation: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia

      Director: Dato’ Azmil Mohd Zabidi

      Website: http://www.searcct.gov.my/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: the website lists the following priorities for 2018:

      • Radicalisation in Southeast Asia,
      • Undergraduate Radicalisation in Southeast Asia,
      • Developing a Counter-Terrorism Training Module and Facilitating a Counter-Terrorism  
        Workshop for University Undergraduates
  4. Networks
    1. Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society

      Location: Waterloo (Canada)

      Affiliated organisation: Department of Sociology and Legal Studies, University of Waterloo

      Director: Lorne Dawson

      Website: http://tsas.ca/

      Contact: http://tsas.ca/contact-us/

      Focus: “the TSAS Network links up academic researchers on terrorism, security and society.”

    2. Global Research Network

      Location: New York

      Affiliated organisation: UN Security Council, Counter-Terrorism Committee

      Director: Gustavo Adolfo Meza-Cuadra Velásquez (Chair of the Counter-Terrorism Committee)

      Website: https://www.un.org/sc/ctc/focus-areas/research/

      Contact: https://www.un.org/sc/ctc/contact-us/

      Focus: “the drivers of terrorism and violent extremism”; “emerging trends and challenges” in the terrorist threat.

    3. Radicalisation Awareness Network

      Location: Brussels

      Affiliated organisation: European Commission

      Director: not stated

      Website: https://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/what-we-do/networks/radicalisation_awareness_network_en

      Contact: https://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/what-we-do/networks/radicalisation_awareness_network/ran-contacts

      Focus: RAN’s website lists the following working groups:

      • Communication and Narratives working group (RAN C&N)
      • Education working group (RAN EDU)
      • EXIT working group (RAN EXIT)
      • Youth, Families and Communities working group (RAN YF&C)
      • Local authorities working group (RAN LOCAL)
      • Prison and Probation working group (RAN P&P)
      • Police and law enforcement working group (RAN POL)
      • Remembrance of Victims of Terrorism working group (RAN RVT)
      • Health and Social Care working group (RAN H&SC)
      • Steering Committees
    4. Society for Terrorism Research

      Location: Newton, MA

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Rachel Monaghan

      Website: http://www.societyforterrorismresearch.org/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: STR organizes annual conferences and issues a journal.

    5. Terrorism Research Initiative

      Location: Vienna and The Hague

      Affiliated organisation: ISGA

      Directors: Robert Wesley, Alex P. Schmid and Edwin Bakker

      Website: http://www.terrorism-research.org/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: “facilitating cooperative efforts among scholars from a broad range of disciplines and backgrounds. The Initiative brings together individual and institutional research efforts, enabling knowledge accumulation in order to suggest policy-relevant courses of action on security issues related to terrorism.” TRI publishes, together with ISGA, the bi-monthly scholarly online journal Perspectives on Terrorism (PoT) at www.terrorismanalysts.com .

  5. Commercial
    1. ControlRisks

      Location: for a list of offices, see https://www.controlrisks.com/contact-us/office-search?q=&sort=1

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Irene Dorner (chair of the Board of Directors)

      Website: https://www.controlrisks.com/

      Contact: https://www.controlrisks.com/contact-us

      Focus: not stated specifically with regard to terrorism, but includes forensic and anti-kidnapping expertise.

    2. IntelCenter Database

      Location: not stated

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: not stated

      Website: https://intelcenter.com

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: collection and analysis of data on terrorism (e.g. videos, photos, and data on attacks, hostages and perpetrators).

    3. Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre

      Location: Washington, DC, Singapore and Coulsdon (UK)

      Affiliated organisation: HIS Markit

      Director: Matthew Henman

      Website: https://ihsmarkit.com/products/janes-terrorism-insurgency-intelligence-centre.html

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: Jane’s is a commercial security-related intelligence service which also maintains terrorist group profiles and an extensive database on terrorist incidents.

    4. SITE Intelligence Group

      Location: Bethesda, MD

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Rita Katz

      Website: https://ent.siteintelgroup.com/

      Contact: https://ent.siteintelgroup.com/Corporate/contact-us.html

      Focus: monitoring of various forms of terrorism and terrorism-related activities (e.g. cyber and finance).

    5. Soufan Group

      Location: New York (HQ), Doha, London and Singapore

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Director: Ali Soufan

      Website: http://www.soufangroup.com/

      Contact: http://www.soufangroup.com/contact/

      Focus: much of the group’s recent research has been focused on Al-Qaeda, ISIS and foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq.

    6. Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium

      Location: Washington, DC

      Affiliated organisation: Beacham Group

      Director: Veryan Khan

      Website: https://www.trackingterrorism.org/

      Contact: [email protected]

      Focus: for a list of topics that TRAC is collecting information on, see https://www.trackingterrorism.org/about.

  6. Other
    1. Human Rights Watch

      Location: New York

      Affiliated organisation: n.a.

      Type: human rights advocacy group

      Director: Nadim Houry

      Website: https://www.hrw.org/topic/terrorism-counterterrorism

      Contact: https://www.hrw.org/contact-us

      Focus: website lists the following topics (in reference to its Terrorism and Counterterrorism Program):

      • CIA activities
      • Detention without trial
      • Edward Snowden
      • Guantanamo
      • Guantanamo – Military Commission
      • Targeted killings and drones
    2. Radicalisation Research

      Location: not stated

      Affiliated organisation: Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats

      Type: knowledge hub

      Director: Matthew Francis (website team)

      Website: https://www.radicalisationresearch.org/

      Contact: https://www.radicalisationresearch.org/contact/

      Focus: historical and geographical comparisons regarding various forms of terrorism.

      About the Compiler: Dr. Teun van Dongen is an Associate Fellow at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism and a lecturer at Leiden University. He can be reached at www.teunvandongen.com.



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