Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
Begun in 2007, Perspectives on Terrorism is designed to provide a means for professionals and scholars studying terrorism, political violence, and conflict studies to present their perspectives and evidence-based research on the prevention of, and response to, terrorism. Published 6 times a year, the journal is also meant to act as an international forum for debate and commentary on issues related to terrorism and political violence. It aims to publish topical articles at short notice and reach a much larger audience than typical subscription journals, and invites a wide range of articles in terms of content, style, and length. It does not support partisan policies regarding counter-terrorism.
Journal issues typically contain an Introduction to the Issue by one of the Editors, 3-5 in-depth research articles (the issue current as of this review includes “Alliance Hubs: Focal Points in the International Terrorist Landscape,” “An Exploratory Study on the Impact of Electoral Participation upon a Terrorist Group’s use of Violence in a Given Year,” and “Terrorist Networks’ Productivity and Durability: A Comparative Multi-level Analysis”), at least one Research Note (the current issue contains “The Importance of Financing in Enabling and Sustaining the Conflict in Syria (and Beyond),” as well as a Special Research Notes Section exploring four case studies in “Using Primary Sources for Terrorism Research”), a Resources section (this issue offers the “Bibliography on Islamist Narratives and Western Counter-Narratives” as well as the “Bibliography on State-Sponsored Terrorism and Assassinations Abroad, with Special Emphasis on the Assassination of 28 July 1914 that Triggered World War I), 3 to 5 scholarly book reviews, and a News section collecting News from the National and Regional Networks of Ph.D Thesis Writers.
Contributors to this journal all have very impressive backgrounds and credentials. They include individuals who have studied and worked at the American University’s School of Public Affairs, the Department of State, the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, the Bureau of Counterterrorism, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, University College London's Department of Security and Crime Science, and the Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism (CTC) at Leiden University’s Campus The Hague in The Netherlands, as well as the Director of Terrorism Studies at the Combating Terrorism Center and Associate Professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the head of the Political Affairs & Press Office of Amnesty International’s Dutch section, and director of the Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism and Fellow of the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT) in The Hague, to name just a few.
The journal site also offers “extras” beyond the regular features, such as conference reports and affiliated links (to the Terrorism Research Initiative, Teaching About Terrorism: A TRI Portal, and the Center for Security Research & Technology. The quality of the research here, and of the writing, is exemplary, and very timely for a title that is aimed at both practitioners and scholars. This is an essential journal for political and conflict studies professionals and scholars, and should be recommended widely by librarians in every sort of library.