Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
Begun in 2010 by the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, the aim of the Journal of Terrorism Research is to “provide a space for academics and counter-terrorism professionals to publish work focused on the study of terrorism.” The editors encourage the submission of manuscripts from all academic and professional backgrounds, since the study of terrorism crosses the disciplines so much.
Recent articles include, “Guiding Principles for Countering and Displacing Extremist Narratives,” “Terrorism or clamor for resource control: An analysis of Nigeria’s Niger Delta militants,” “Examination of Blog Discussion about the Beheading of Two American Journalists by ISIS,” “The representation of youth in the Islamic State's propaganda magazine Dabiq,” “Resurgent Insurgents: Quantitative Research Into Jihadists Who Get Suspended but Return on Twitter,” “Analyzing the Bio-cognitive Substrates of Social-Identity Formation in Islamic Extremists,” and “Do Territorial Control and the Loss of Territory Determine the use of Indiscriminate Violence by Incumbent Actors? An Examination of the Syrian Civil War in Aleppo over 45 weeks.” Material here is timely and of high interest. There are scholarly book reviews, as well, such as a review of “a book entitled ISIS: The State of Terror by Jessica Stern and J. M. Berger. It traces the conditions under which ISIS emerged as well as the ideological innovations that the group uses to recruit huge numbers of fighters. In addition to that, it highlights the technological tools that the organization exploits on social media to broadcast its atrocities and recruit more people.”
This is a title that should be recommended to all researchers and students studying terrorism in any form, anywhere.