The future study of terrorism

Richard English

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This article reflects on the central problems to be faced over the next fifty years of the academic study of terrorism. It discusses a series of problems that are sometimes raised (regarding definition, the division between Critical Terrorism Studies and Orthodox Terrorism Studies, and the supposed stagnation in contemporary terrorism research), and argues that these present rather limited difficulties, in reality. It then identifies a greater problem, in the form of a five-fold fragmentation of the current field, before offering suggested means of addressing in practice these latter, more profound difficulties.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-149
Number of pages15
JournalEuropean Journal of International Security
Issue number2
Early online date10 May 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016


  • Terrorism
  • Terrorism studies
  • Political violence


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