Research on Terrorism

Trends, Achievements and Failures

Edited by Andrew Silke

© 2004 – Routledge

262 pages

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About the Book

This book brings together leading international experts in the world of terrorism research and counterterrorism policy-making.

It has three clear areas of focus:

  • it looks at current issues and trends in terrorism research
  • it explores how contemporary research on terrorism is focused and conducted
  • it examines how this research impacts in terms of counterterrorism policy and practice.

This is essential reading for all students of politics and security studies and scholars with an interest in terrorism and policy-making.


'Contributors examine the current issues dominating terrorism research and their impact on counter-terrorism policy and practice. All their findings deserve attention among terrorism analysts.'

Joshua Sinai, The Washington Times

Table of Contents

1. An Introduction to Terrorism Research 2. The Case for First-hand Research 3. The Devil You Know: Continuing problems with research on terrorism 4. WMD Terrorism Research: Past & future 5. Everything That Descends Must Converge: Terrorism, globalism and democracy 6. Terrorism and Knowledge Growth: A databases and internet analysis 7. What Do We Know About the Substitution Effect in Transnational Terrorism? 8. Conflict Theory and the Trajectory of Terrorist Campaigns in Western Europe 9. Breaking the Cycle: Empirical research and postgraduate studies on terrorism 10. The Road Less Travelled: Recent trends in terrorism research 11. The Future of Terrorism Research and the Search for Empathy

About the Editor

Dr Andrew Silke has a background in forensic psychology and has worked both in academia and for the government. He has published extensively on terrorists and terrorism in journals, books and the popular press. His most recent book was Terrorists, Victims and Society: Psychological Perspectives on Terrorism and its Consequences, published by Wiley (2003). He is an Honorary Senior Research Associate of the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St Andrews and is a Fellow of the University of Leicester. His work has taken him to Northern Ireland, the Middle East and Latin America. He is a member of the International Association for Counterterrorism and Security Professionals and serves on the United Nations Roster of Terrorism Experts.

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:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security