Terrorism

Our coverage of this topic focuses on counterterrorism strategies, ‘lone-wolf terrorism’, and threats from jihadist groups such as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Al-Qaeda and Boko Haram.

This includes commentary on government counterterrorism responses to major attacks across the world, including in the UK and mainland Europe.

Research explores potential solutions to ongoing conflicts fed by terrorism and extremism, terrorism’s effect on societies and the problem of radicalization, along with other terrorism-related security challenges.

A major programmatic focus of this work for Chatham House is carried out by the International Security Department and its projects.

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Research & Publications (57)
International Affairs

Preventing violent extremism through the United Nations: the rise and fall of a good idea

International Affairs

Borders and sovereignty in Islamist and jihadist thought: past and present

The World Today

Lessons from the 1950s on mind control

The World Today

The lure of the death cult

The World Today

Religious violence has a long history

The World Today

Taming the solo terrorist

The aftermath of a suicide bombing inside a Shia Muslim mosque in the Saudi Gulf coastal town of Qatif, 400 km east of Riyadh, on 22 May 2015. Photo: HUSSEIN RADWAN/AFP/Getty Images.
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Moving Target: UK–GCC Relations and the Politics of ‘Extremism’

The World Today

Don’t let terrorists steal jihad

International Affairs

Radicalization revisited: violence, politics and the skills of the body

International Affairs

The ‘war on terror’ and extremism: assessing the relevance of the Women, Peace and Security agenda

International Affairs

The Islamic State lexical battleground: US foreign policy and the abstraction of threat

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International Affairs

A special responsibility to protect: the UK, Australia and the rise of Islamic State

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International Affairs

'Beyond anything we have ever seen': beheading videos and the visibility of violence in the war against ISIS

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International Affairs

From terrorism to ‘radicalization’ to ‘extremism’: counterterrorism imperative or loss of focus?

International Affairs

Iran’s ISIS policy

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International Affairs

British Islamic extremist terrorism: the declining significance of Al-Qaeda and Pakistan

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International Affairs

Review article: Talking to Hezbollah

10 December 1975: Armed police officers at the scene of the London siege in which Irish Republican Army gunmen are holding hostages in a flat in Balcombe Street, Marylebone. Photo by Keystone/Getty Images.
International Affairs

Skyjackers, jackals and soldiers: British planning for international terrorist incidents during the 1970s

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Nigeria’s Interminable Insurgency? Addressing the Boko Haram Crisis

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International Affairs

After Westgate: opportunities and challenges in the war against Al-Shabaab

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