ISSN 2792-0518 (Print)
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Interview with Prof. Alex P. SCHMID: Importance of the Definition of Terrorism

30.06.2023 |


The Journal of Terrorism and Radicalization Studies (TRAD) is pleased to host an interview with Prof. Alex P. Schmid. Prof. Schmid is a Distinguished Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT) in The Hague and Director of the Terrorism Research Initiative (TRI), in Vienna. Between 1978 and 2018 he was, for various periods of time, working in different capacities at Leiden University. In addition, he was Extraordinary Professor for Conflict Resolution at Erasmus University in Rotterdam and later held a Chair in International Relations at the University of St. Andrews, where he was also Director of the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV). Alex Schmid has also held various other positions, including, for nearly seven years, one as Officer-in-Charge of the Terrorism Prevention Branch of UNODC in Vienna. His latest major work is his Handbook of Terrorism Prevention and Preparedness, which features contributions from nearly 40 leading experts in the field. It has quickly become a sought-after freely available resource on countering terrorism. Schmid has more than 225 publications in ten languages to his name, including an award-winning handbook on terrorism research. Until 2009, he was Co-Editor of the journal ‘Terrorism and Political Violence’ and, from 2009 to 2022, Editor-in-Chief of ‘Perspectives on Terrorism’, the largest scholarly online journal in the field of Terrorism Studies. Currently he is co-editor of this journal.

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TRAD. (2023). Interview with Prof. Alex P. Schmid: Importance of the Definition of Terrorism. Journal of Terrorism and Radicalization Studies, 2(2), pp.176-187, DOI: