The Terrorism Research Initiative (TRI) in a Nutshell
With 16 research institutions and more than 120 individual scholars from more than 30 countries in its ranks, the Terrorism Research Initiative (TRI) constitutes one of the largest research consortia in the field of Terrorism Studies.
Founded in 2007, TRI’s mission is to enhance security through collaborative research. It does so by facilitating cooperative efforts among scholars and professionals 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, political violence and related forms of armed conflict.
Alex P. Schmid, TRI Director
Edwin Bakker, TRI Director
Robert Wesley, Director & President
Robert Wesley, President, Founding Editor
Alex P. Schmid, Editor-in-Chief
James J. F. Forest, Co-Editor
Christine Boelema Robertus , Associate Editor for IT
Joshua Sinai, Book Reviews Editor
Judith Tinnes, Information Resources Editor
Berto Jongman, Assistant Editor for Web-based Resources
Greg Miller, Associate Editor
John Morrison, Associate Editor
Bart Schuurman, Associate Editor
Aaron Zelin, Associate Editor
Ryan Scrivens, Associate Editor for Theses
Adam Dolnik, International Consultant, Prague.
Javier Jordán is a Professor at the Universidad de Granada, Spain, and Director of Athena Intelligence.
Gary LaFree is a Professor of Criminology at the University of Maryland and the Director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START).
David Rapoport is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at UCLA, a Mellon Foundation Emeritus Fellow, Founding and Co-Editor of the journal Terrorism and Political Violence.
Marc Sageman is a Consultant on transnational terrorism with various governmental agencies and foreign governments and the author of Understanding Terror Networks and Leaderless Jihad and other works.
Yoram Schweitzer is a Researcher at the Institute for National Security Studies and Lecturer at Tel Aviv University.
Michael S. Stohl is Professor of Communication at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) and Director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies. .
Jeff Victoroff is an Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology and Psychiatry at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California.
Peter Waldmann is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Augsburg, Germany, and a long time member of the Advisory Board of the German Ministry of Development.
Leonard Weinberg is Foundation Professor of Political Science at the University of Nevada.
Center on Terrorism, John Jay College, USA.
Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism (CTC) at Campus The Hague of Leiden University, Netherlands.
(Handa) Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV), University of St. Andrews, Scotland.
Centre for Transnational Crime Prevention (CTCP), University of Wollongong, Australia.
Consortium for Strategic Communication, Arizona State University, USA.
Defense & Strategic Studies Department, Quaid-I-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Department of International Relations, University of Minas (PUC) , Brazil.
Global Terrorism Research Centre (GTReC), Monash University, Australia.
International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR), Singapore.
Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, Syracuse University, USA.
Institute of International and European Affairs, (IIEA), Dublin, Ireland, with a branch in Brussels.
Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS), Islamabad, Pakistan.
Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS), Athens, Greece.
Research Unit, Political Violence, Terrorism and Radicalization, Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), Denmark.
University of the Pacific, School of International Studies, USA.
University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh Institute for the Study of Religion, Violence and Memory, USA.
Mahan Abedin is a former editor of the Jamestown Foundation’s Terrorism Monitor and currently the Director of Research at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism , London. He is editor of Islamism Digest - a monthly academic journal specialising on the in-depth study of Islamic movements.
Gary Ackerman is Associate Professor with the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at SUNY Albany
Shaheen Afroze is Research Director and Head of the Peace and Conflict Studies Division at the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS).
Abdullah Alaskar is Professor of History at King Saud University, columnist, Riyadh daily newspaper.
Mustafa Alani is a Senior Advisor and Program Director in Security and Terrorism Studies at the Gulf Research Center, UAE.
Rogelio Alonso is Professor in Politics and Terrorism at Rey Juan Carlos University, Madrid, where he holds the position of Ramón y Cajal Fellow in Political Sciences.
Ramiro Anzit Guerrero is a Senior Advisor in the Argentine National Congress and Professor at the University del Salvador and University del Museo Social Argentino.
Victor Asal is Professor of Political Science and Chair of Public Administration at Rockefeller College, SUNY, Albany.
Omar Ashour is Director, Middle East Studies, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies University of Exeter
Scott Atran is Presidential Scholar at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, Visiting Professor of Psychology and Public Policy at the University of Michigan, and Research.
Edwin Bakker is Director of Research at the Netherlands Police Academy in Apeldoorn as well as Professor of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism Studies at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) at the Hague Campus of Leiden University . He is one of the three Directors of the Terrorism Research Initiative (TRI) and is also a Research Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism in The Hague
Daniel Baracskay is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Political Science at Valdosta State University, where he also teaches public administration courses.
Michael Barkun is professor of Political Science in the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.
Shazadi Beg is a Barrister in the United Kingdom and an expert on Pakistan.
Gabriel Ben-Dor is Director of the School of Political Sciences and Head of the National Security Graduate Studies Program at the University of Haifa, where he teaches and conducts research in the fields of political violence, civil-military relations and national security.
Eddine Benhayoun is a Professor of Cultural Studies and Director of the Research Group on Culture and Globalisation, Abdelmalek Essaadi University, Tetuan, Morocco.
Andrew Black is the Managing Director of Black Watch Global, an intelligence and risk management consultancy headquartered in Washington, DC.
Mia Bloom is Professor of Communication at Georgia State University, US.
Randy Borum is a Professor at the University of South Florida and a behavioral science researcher/consultant on National Security issues.
Anneli Botha is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Free State, South Africa and a Consultant for UNDP in Addis Ababa.
Amel Boubekeur is a Research Fellow and the leader of the Islam and Europe programme at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels, focusing on Political Islam in Europe and North Africa.
Jarret Brachman is a member of the faculty of North Dakota State University and an independent Al-Qaeda analyst.
Jean-Charles Brisard is an international consultant and expert on terrorism and terrorism financing.
Francesco Cavatorta is a lecturer in International Relations and Middle East politics at the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland.
David Charters is a military historian and senior fellow at the Gregg Center, University of New Brunswick, Canada.
Erica Chenoweth is Research Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.
David Cook is an Associate Professor of religious studies at Rice University, specializing in apocalyptic literature and movements, radical Islamic thought and West African Islam.
Victor D. Comras is an attorney and consultant on terrorism, terrorism financing, sanctions and international law. He is a retired US diplomat and served as one of five International Monitors appointed by the Security Council to oversee the implementation of measures imposed against al Qaeda, the Taliban, and associated terrorist groups.
Maura Conway is the MA Programme Director at the School of Law & Government, Dublin City University.
Steven R. Corman is the Director of the Consortium for Strategic Communication at Arizona State University.
Anja Dalgaard-Nielsen is the Head of Research Unit, Political Violence, Terrorism and Radicalization at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS).
Luis de la Corte is a Professor of social psychology at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and an investigator at Athena Intelligence, Spain.
James Dingley is a sociologist and former lecturer on terrorism and political violence at the University of Ulster. He is now running his own consultancy on terrorism (Cybernos Associates) and chairs the Northern Ireland think tank Northern Light Review.
Vera Eccarius-Kelly is a Professor of Comparative Politics at Siena College in Albany, NY, specialized in Latin American and Middle East politics, and, in particular, on revolutionary and social movements in Central America and Muslim Minority activism in Europe.
Rodney Faraon is Director of Intelligence and Threat Analysis for the Walt Disney Company’s Global Security Division.
Shabana Fayyaz is an Assistant Professor with the Defense and Strategic Studies Department at the Quaid-Izam University, Islamabad.
James Forest is Co-Editor of Perspectives on Terrorism. He is a Professor of Security Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and a Senior Fellow at the Joint Special Operations University in Tampa, Florida.
George Michael is a Professor at Westfield State University.
Jennifer Giroux is Vice-President – Global Head of Insights & Strategy, Washington, D.C., and former Researcher in Terrorism and Political Violence at the Centre for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
Beatrice de Graaf is Professor for the History of International Relations and Global Governance at Utrecht University, The Netherlands.
Bob de Graaff is Socrates Foundation Professor for political and cultural reconstruction from a humanist perspective at Utrecht University and former Director of the Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism at Campus The Hague/Leiden University.
Stuart Groombridge holds a Masters of Justice (Strategic Intelligence) from Queensland University of Technology, specialising in Organised Crime and recruitment methodologies utilised by Islamist Terrorist Groups. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Wollongong’s Centre for Transnational Crime Prevention.
Rohan Gunaratna is the Head of the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.
Dipak K. Gupta was, until his retirement, Fred J. Hansen Professor of Peace Studies and Distinguished Professor in Political Science, San Diego State University.
Abdulhadi Hairan is a Kabul-based researcher and security, governance and terrorism analyst.
Irm Haleem is Assistant Professor and Manager of Research and Publications at the International Center of Political Violence and Terrorism Research, at RSIS, Singapore.
Muhammad Haniff Hassan is an Associate Research Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
John Horgan is Distinguished University Professor of Global Studies and Psychology at Georgia State University and Editor of Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict.
Brian K. Houghton is an Associate Professor of Public Policy & Management at BYU-Hawaii, and the former Director of Research at the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism.
Russell Howard, a former US Army Brigadier General, is currently at the Monterey Institute of Non-Proliferation Studies.
Richard Jackson is founding editor of the journal Critical Studies on Terrorism and Professor of Peace Studies, University of Otago, New Zealand.
Jolene Jerard is a Research Analyst at the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR), a center of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Singapore.
George Joffé teaches Middle Eastern and North African Affairs at the Centre of International Studies at the University of Cambridge.
Ranga Kalansooriya is a journalist from Sri Lanka with wide experience in terrorism and political violence and a PhD Candidate in journalism and political violence.
Jeffrey Kaplan is a professor at the King Fahd Defense College and Reviews Editor of Terrorism and Political Violence and former Director of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Institute for the Study of Religion, Violence and Memory.
Emmanuel Karagiannis is an investigator at the START center, University of Maryland, and a lecturer at the University of Macedonia, Greece.
George Kassimeris holds a chair in Security Studies at the University of Wolverhampton and is co-editor of the journal Critical Studies in Terrorism.
Robert E. Kelly is an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the School of International Studies at the University of the Pacific.
Jesmeen Khan is a Research Analyst at the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR), a centre of the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Singapore.
Brian Kingshott is Professor of Criminal Justice at Grand Valley State University, USA.
Jorge Lasmar, is head of the Department of International Relations at the University of Minas, Brazil.
Faryal Leghari a researcher at the Gulf Research Center, UAE.
Ambassador Melvyn Levitsky is a retired Career Minister in the U.S. Foreign Service. He teaches international relations at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and is Senior Fellow of the School’s International Policy Center.
Pete Lentini is Co-founder and Director of the Global Terrorism Research Centre (GTReC), Monash University, Australia. He is currently researching neo-jihadism; extremism and terrorism in Australia and Russia.
Brynjar Lia is a Norwegian historian and professor of Middle East Studies at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages at the University of Oslo. He is also an Adjunct Research Professor at the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment (FFI).
Douglas Macdonald has taught at Colgate University for twenty years and Director of its International Relations Program.
Lieutenant General Talat Masood served in the Pakistan Army for nearly 40 years with his last assignment being Secretary for Defence Production in Ministry of Defence. Since retirement he is closely associated with think- tanks and universities regionally and globally, working to promote peace and stability in the region.
William McCants is the founder of Jihadica and a scholar of militant Islamism. He has served in various think tank and government positions, and is currently a counterterrorism public policy manager at Google.
Andrew McGregor is the Director of Aberfoyle International Security in Toronto, Canada.
Mansoor Moaddel is a Professor of Sociology at Eastern Michigan University, where he teaches sociology of religion, ideology, revolution, Islam and the Middle East.
Fathali M. Moghaddam is Professor of Psychology at Georgetown University and author of Multiculturalism and Intergroup Relations: Psychological Implications for Democracy in Global Context.
Will H. Moore is Associate Professor of Political Science at the Florida State University with research interests in violent political conflict within and between countries.
Sam Mullins is Professor of Counterterrorism at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Before that he was teaching at the Centre for Transnational Crime Prevention (CTCP) at the University of Wollongong, Australia.
Kevin R. Murphy is Department Head and Professor of Psychology at Pennsylvania State University.
Brigitte L. Nacos is a journalist and Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, specialized in mass media, public opinion and decision-making; terrorism and counterterrorism.
Peter Neumann is Director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence. Prior to this appointment, he was Director of the Centre for Defence Studies (2005–2007) at King’s College London.
John M. Nomikos is Director of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS).
Mariya Y. Omelicheva is an Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas.
Raffaello Pantucci is Director, International Security Studies, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), London, UK.
Alison Pargeter is a Senior Research Associate at the Centre of International Studies at the University of Cambridge and a visiting scholar at Pembroke College.
Gregory Pemberton is a graduate of the Royal Military College Duntroon and the University of Sydney and is currently Manager of Postgraduate Programs of the Centre of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism at Macquarie University.
Keli Perrin is the Assistant Director of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism at Syracuse University.
James A. Piazza is Professor at the International Center for the Study of Terrorism, at Pennsylvania State University.
Nico Prucha is Affiliated Researcher at the Austrian Institute for International Affairs (OIIP) in Vienna.
Gilbert Ramsay is a Lecturer at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, University of St. Andrews, Scotland.
Muhammad Amir Rana is the Director of the Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS), Islamabad, Pakistan.
Magnus Ranstorp is the Research Director of the Centre for Asymmetric Threat Studies at the Swedish National Defence College in Stockholm.
Xavier Raufer is a Professor at the EDHEC Business School in Paris, a Member of the Council on Global Terrorism, and a Member of the Terrorism Studies Board of the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence.
Fernando Reinares is a Professor of Political Science and Security Studies, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, and Director of the Program on Global Terrorism, Elcano Royal Institute, Madrid.
Louise Richardson is Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University, UK.
Karl Roberts is a Forensic Psychologist, Principal Lecturer in Psychology at Sunderland University and a consultant to UK police forces on risk assessment in terrorism and investigative skills for law enforcement.
Hanna Rogan is a Research Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment.
Johnny Ryan is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of International and European Affairs.
Alex P. Schmid is one of the three Directors of the Terrorism Research Initiative (TRI) and Editor-in-Chief of its online journal Perspectives on Terrorism. He is a Research Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT) in The Hague. Previous positions included Director of CSTPV at the University of St. Andrews (where he also held a chair in International Relations) and Officer-in-Charge of the Terrorism Prevention Branch of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna.
Richard J. Schmidt is an Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska with interests in intelligence analysis, counterterrorism, terrorism and political violence.
Mark Sedgwick is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Unit for Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Aarhus, Denmark.
Abdel Aziz Shady is Director of the Terrorism Studies and Research Program at the Faculty of Economics and Political Sciences at Cairo University, Egypt.
Stephen M. Shellman is a Research Associate at the College of William & Mary.
Dmitry Shlapentokh is an Associate Professor-Indiana University, South Bend and author of several books and many articles.
Joshua Sinai is a Washington-based educator and consultant; he is Book Reviews Editor of Perspectives on Terrorism..
Stephen Sloan is Emeritus Professor and Fellow of the Global Perspectives Office of the University of Central Florida.
Jeffrey Sluka is an Associate Professor in the Social Anthropology Programme at Massey University, New Zealand.
John Solomon is global head of terrorism research for World-Check.
Guido Steinberg is a former advisor on international terrorism in the German Federal Chancellery. Currently he is serving as Senior Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP) in Berlin, specializing in Middle East and Gulf Affairs.
Michael Stohl is Professor of Communication Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara.
Nicole Stracke is a Researcher in the Department of Security and Terrorism Studies at the Gulf Research Center, UAE.
Praveen Swami is Associate Editor for The Hindu and Frontline magazine in India.
Andrew T. H. Tan is an Associate Professor in Social Science and International Studies at the University of New South Wales, Australia.
Manuel R. Torres Soriano is a Professor of Political Science as the Universidad Pablo de Olavide de Sevilla, Spain.
Peter Waldmann is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Augsburg, Germany, and a former member of the Advisory Board of the German Ministry of Development.
Carl Anthony Wege is Professor of Political Science at the College of Coastal Georgia.
Leonard Weinberg is a Foundation Professor of Political Science Emeritus at the University of Nevada and former editor of the journal Democracy and Security.
Clive Williams is an Adjunct Professor at PICT, a Visiting Professor at ADFA, and a Visiting Fellow at the ANU; his specialised field is politically motivated violence.
Phil Williams is a Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh. Currently he is a Visiting Research Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College, Carlisle PA. His research interests include the relationship between organized crime and terrorism, and terrorist finances.
Mark Woodward is an anthropologist and Islam specialist who teaches in the Department of Religious Studies at Arizona State University.
David Wright-Neville is a former senior intelligence analyst with the Australian government and is now Deputy Director of the Global Terrorism Research Centre and an Associate Professor at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, where his research and teaching focuses on the political psychology of terrorism and counter-terrorism, especially in Southeast Asia.
Sherifa Zuhur is Director of the Institute of Middle Eastern, Islamic and Strategic Studies