1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Terrorism Studies New Perspectives and Topics

By Max Abrahms Copyright 2025
    348 Pages
    by Routledge

    Although the literature on terrorism is vast, there are many holes in it. This book helps to fill these lacunae with entries from top terrorism scholars and counterterrorism practitioners in the world. Grouped thematically by terrorist actors, conflict zones, major attacks, terrorist behaviours, militant group dynamics, terrorist consequences, and counterterrorism approaches, the entries cover a range of topics fundamental to understanding the contemporary terrorism threat and approaches to combating it. Truly global in scope, the book is an ideal reference for anyone interested in these topics from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

    Providing incisive analysis on timely topics related to terrorism and counterterrorism, this volume will be essential reading for students, scholars, and practitioners in security studies.





    Max Abrahms



    1. Defining Terrorism: Why It Matters                       

    Alex P. Schmid

    2. Terrorism and Research Design: How to Avoid Common Pitfalls and Learn to Spot Them

    Anna Getmansky and Charlie Carter

    3. The Social History of Political Violence

    Timothy K. Wilson

    4. State Terrorism: The Elephant in the Room

    Richard Jackson

    5. Terrorism and Mass Shootings

    Adam Lankford

    6. Terrorism During Civil War

    Costantino Pischedda



    7. Militant Islamist Extremism in Southeast Asia

    Peter Chalk

    8. Terrorism in the Sahel

    Mathieu Bere

    9. Terrorism in Latin America: A Neglected Region in Terrorism Studies

    Román D. Ortiz

    10. The Ustasha Regime, 1941-1945: An Understudied Case Study in Terrorism Studies

    Rory Yeomans

    11. Women's Engagement with Political Violence and Terrorism

    Amira Jadoon and Sibongile Majola

    12. Terrorism’s Gender Dynamics: Women, Men, and Da’esh

    Valentine M. Moghadam

    13. Far-Right Terrorism: The History, Present, and Future

    Arie Perliger


    14. Terrorist Groups and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: A Growing Threat

    Michael J. Boyle

    15. New and Emerging Technologies for Terrorists

    Jean-Marc Rickli and Christina Liang

    16. Terrorism and Information Warfare

    Joseph Mroszczyk

    17. Terrorism and Social Media

    Alexa Mendoza and Jared R. Dmello

    18. Cyberterrorism: How Terror Groups Use Cyberspace

    Matthew S. Cohen and Chuck D. Freilich



    19. The Social Ecology of Trauma and Extremist Violence

    Helary Yakub and Anthony C. Lopez

    20. Terrorism and Foreign Interference

    Dov H. Levin

    21. Terrorism and the United Nations

    Miruna Barnoschi

    22. The Great Replacement Theory

    Tahir Abbas

    23. The Crime-Terror Nexus: A Burgeoning Research Area

    Annette Idler

    24. Vying to Win: Understanding Terrorist Competition

    Sloane K. Loges and Stephen C. Nemeth

    25. Terrorism and Publicity: Is the Conventional Wisdom Changing?

    Aaron M. Hoffman



    26. Is the ‘New’ Terrorism of Today Truly New?

    Marina Eleftheriadou and Andreas Gofas

    27. The Evolution of Modern Terrorism

    Stuart Gottlieb

    28. The Irish Republican Army: Implications for Terrorism Studies

    Richard English

    29. Islamist Political Violence: Deconstructing the Threat

    Mohammed M. Hafez

    30. Black September and Its Enduring Counterterrorism Legacy

    Fred Burton

    31. The Evolution of Hezbollah

    Daniel Sobelman

    32. Palestinian Terrorism: How Is It Different?

    Boaz Ganor



    33. Is Terrorism an Effective Tactic? Evolution in the Conventional Wisdom

    Max Abrahms

    33. Terrorism and Overreaction

    James J.F. Forest

    34. Human Rights and Terrorism

    Tom Parker

    35. Targeted Killing: Weighing the Pros and Cons

    Dan DePetris

    36. The War on Terror: The Past and Future Problem

    Navin A. Bapat


    Max Abrahms is a tenured professor of political science at Northeastern University, where he specializes in international security, especially terrorism. Abrahms has published extensively in leading academic and popular outlets such as International Security, International Organization, Foreign Affairs, New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, and The Atlantic. He regularly consults for government agencies and provides analysis in the media on the contemporary terrorism landscape. Previously, Abrahms taught at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and Dartmouth.