The Future Study of Terrorism - Richard English

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European Journal of International Security / Volume 1 / Issue 02 / July 2016

Richard English
Wardlaw Professor of Politics, University of St Andrews

Abstract
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.

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