Research on Terrorism: A Review of the Impact of 9/11 and the Global War on Terrorism

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This survey of terrorism research focused on research studies published in the first five years after the 9/11 attacks. It highlights a number of positive trends which can be seen in this initial period after 9/11. To begin with, it is clear that more researchers are working on the subject than before and there has been a real increase in collaborative studies. This allows studies to be more ambitious in both data-collection and data analysis, though there has only been a very small shift away from literature review-based research. There has, however, been a much more promising increase in the use of descriptive and inferential statistical analysis. The use of inferential statistics on terrorism data in particular has more than trebled since 9/11, a trend which can only help improve the reliability and validity of the conclusions being reached by researchers. Admittedly, this is an increase starting from an extremely low level indeed (and still compares poorly to core journals in other areas) but it is unquestionably a major step in the right direction.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTerrorism Informatics
Subtitle of host publicationKnowledge Management and Data Mining for Homeland Security
EditorsHsinchun Chen, Edna Reid, Joshua Sinai, Andrew Silke, Boaz Ganor
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9780387716138
ISBN (Print)9780387716121, 9781489998149
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • terrorism
  • terrorism studies
  • research on terrorism
  • 9/11
  • Impact of 9/11

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