GOV 390L • Research Seminar on Terrorism
12:30 PM-3:30 PM
In a survey conducted in the mid-1980s among scholars studying terrorism, Schmid et al. found that more than two-thirds of the respondents were of the view that theoretical progress in the field was very slow, and that existing theories suffered from a lack of applicability and a dearth of empirical support. These findings were indication of the impression among scholars at that time, that after more than thirty years of research, the academic community was able to produce very few insights in regard to terrorism and its features, causes and implications. During the course of the 1990s and especially since the beginning of the new millennium, significant numbers of researchers from different disciplines have become more interested in terrorism. This increasing trend has been prompted by two main factors. First, in the wake of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attack in New York, a dramatic increase in the amount of resources was set aside by governmental and other bodies in various countries for unraveling the phenomenon of terrorism. Second, the last decade has been witness to a notable increase in the amount of accessible databases and empirical findings on terrorist attacks worldwide, which has made it feasible to undertake solid, empirical-based research relying on innovative methods.
The final grade will be based on: 1) Attendance and participation (20%) 2) Dissertation chapters, MA thesis or an article style final paper (80%).