Mapping Terrorism Research

State of the Art, Gaps and Future Direction

Edited by Magnus Ranstorp

© 2006 – Routledge

352 pages | 14 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Containing essays by an array of top international scholars, this new book provides a comprehensive analytical critique of the current state of research in the terrorism and counterterrorism studies field, what it has substantively achieved over the years and where it should be heading in the future.

Offering an overall examination of research achievements and gaps in scholarly efforts towards understanding terrorism as a complex behavioural and social phenomenon, it also assesses various research approaches into counterterrorism studies, clearly identifying a pathway for prioritized future research agendas in the field. This future research agenda is further enhanced by the provision of an appendix containing 444 identified research topics developed by the United Nations Terrorism Prevention Branch.

Mapping Terrorism Research builds a cohesive, interdisciplinary and high-quality research agenda in terrorism and counterterrorism for future generations of academic students, scholars as well as practitioners, and will appeal to students of terrorism studies, political science and international relations.


"One of the first attempts to inventory the strengths and weaknesses in terrorism research in order to identify a set of priorities for future research." - Joshua Sinai, ‘Terrorism Bookshelf: Top 150 Books on Terrorism and Counterterrorism’, Perspectives on Terrorism, Vol. 6, No. 2 (2012)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Mapping Terrorism Research – Challenges and Priorities Magnus Ranstorp Part 1: Advances Towards Our Understanding of Terrorism as a Complex Behavioural and Social Phenomenon 2. New Trends in Terrorism Studies: Strengths and Weaknesses Joshua Sinai 3. The Role of History and Continuity in Terrorism Research Isabelle Duyvesteyn 4. The Impact of 9/11 on Research on Terrorism Andrew Silke 5. Responding to the Roots of Terror Karin von Hippel 6. Understanding Terrorist Motivation: A Socio-Psychological Perspective John Horgan 7. Approaching Al-Qaida’s Warfare: Function, Culture and Grand Strategy Jeffrey B. Cozzens 8. Understanding Recruitment of Islamists Terrorists in Europe Michael Taarnby Part 2: Unpacking the Counterterrorism Toolbox 9. Intelligence Analysis and Counter-Terrorism: How Lies the Landscape? Martin Rudner 10. Counterterrorism as Global Governance: A Research Inventory Ronald D. Crelinsten 11. Competing with Terrorists in Cyberspace: Opportunities and Hurdles Neal A. Pollard Part 3: Future Directions in Terrorism Research 12. Research Desiderata in the Field of Terrorism Berto Jongman 13. The Complexity of Terrorism: Social and Behavioral Understanding Trends for the Future Nancy K. Hayden 14. Research into Terrorism Studies: Achievements and Failures Paul Wilkinson

About the Series

Political Violence

This book series contains sober, thoughtful and authoritative academic accounts of terrorism and political violence. Its aim is to produce a useful taxonomy of terror and violence through comparative and historical analysis in both national and international spheres. Each book discusses origins, organisational dynamics and outcomes of particular forms and expressions of political violence.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Intelligence
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism