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The Terrorism Research Initiative (TRI) seeks to support the international community of terrorism researchers and analysts by facilitating coordination and engaging in cooperative projects. The globally-circulated online journal Perspectives on Terrorism has 8,000 regular subscribers and is viewed by many more occasional website visitors annually.

The Terrorism Research Initiative is the parent organisation of Perspectives on Terrorism (PoT). It has three directors: Robert Wesley, Alex P. Schmid and Edwin Bakker. It was formed in 2007 and now includes a broad association of individual scholars and representatives of institutions. TRI seeks to provide the academic community as well as counterterrorism analysts and practitioners with science-based tools to contribute to the enhancement of human security by collaborative research. TRI is working to build a truly inclusive international research community and seeks to empower it by creating synergies that can extend the impact of each participant’s research. One of its initiatives involves the establishment of national and (sub-) regional networks of post-graduate researchers working on their doctoral theses on terrorism, counter-terrorism and related subjects. To stimulate high-quality research, TRI also issues an annual award for the best Ph.D. thesis in the field of terrorism and counterterrorism studies.


The Terrorism Research Initiative is headquartered in Vienna, Austria. Its main academic affiliation is, however, with the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) of Leiden University’s The Hague Campus in the Netherlands. Two of its three directors are (or, until recently, were) associated with ISGA. Robert Wesley, the president of TRI and one of its three directors, is located in Vienna, where he is CEO of KIVU Technologies.

Peer-reviewed journal

Perspectives on Terrorism is a peer-reviewed online journal published by Prof. em. Alex P. Schmid  and Prof. James J.F. Forest  and their Editorial Team. Each issue of the journal contains typically a mix of articles, research notes, bibliographic resources and reviews from experienced, seasoned researchers as well as from more recent newcomers to the field – including post-graduate students finishing their PhD theses. Subscription is free and registration to receive an e-mail of each bi-monthly issue of the journal can be done here.

Common platform

Perspectives on Terrorism seeks to provide a common platform for established scholars as well as academics and professionals entering the field of Terrorism, Political Violence and Conflict Studies. We invite them to:

  • submit to the journal accounts of evidence-based, empirical scientific research and analyses;
  • present their perspectives on the causes, manifestations, prevention of terrorism and related forms of waging conflict as well as responses to these;
  • use the journal as a forum for debate and commentary on issues related to the above;
  • suggest proposals for special issue topics to be guest-edited by qualified senior researchers;
  • volunteer as a Peer Reviewer for submitted articles;
  • volunteer as Editorial Assistant to Perspectives on Terrorism;
  • volunteer as a Research Assistant to staff of the Terrorism Research Initiative.

Manuscript submissions and correspondence should be addressed to info@terrorismanalysts.com.

Alex P. Schmid (Editor-in-Chief) can be reached at apschmid@terrorismanalysts.com                                                                 

James J.F. Forest (Co-Editor) can be reached at jforest@terrorismanalysts.com

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