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Chapter 5 – Terrorism in Context

Adrian Guelke


The CTC Sentinel is published by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, the United States Military Academy. This journal does not simply reflect US government perspectives – but it does largely embody a worldview that prioritizes analyzing (primarily) anti-state and anti-western violence.


The Critical Studies Terrorism movement – and its associated academic journal and book series – offers a robust counterpoint to the approach above. This body of work is committed to an emancipatory approach to studying political violence: and remains focused on highlighting state abuses.


The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) is based in the Department of War Studies at King's College, London. It was founded in 2008. The focus of the ICSR is "to bring an empirical understanding to the study of international security and terrorism issues". It produces detailed reports on terrorism and the combat of terrorism in different parts of the world, all of which are available on its website. Its perspective is indicated by its use of the term, radicalization, as a shorthand for extremism leading to violence. It applies the concept across the political spectrum. The target readership for the ICST are policymakers, the general public, and scholars. 

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