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Researching terrorism and counter-terrorism through a network lens / Martin Bouchard and Rebecca Nash.

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  • [Vancouver, B.C..] : TSAS, 2014.


Includes bibliographical references.


1 online resource (22 pages)


Authors affiliated with: Simon Fraser University ; California State University, Long Beach.
"TSAS is supported as a national strategic initiative funded by SSHRC and Public Safety Canada, along with the following departments of the federal government: Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)".


"In this paper, it will be argued that integrating network concepts and network methods to the study of terrorism and counter-terrorism are central ingredients in bringing the field forward from theoretical, empirical, and policy perspectives. This is not exactly a new idea, although the move to study terrorist networks did not really take off until the events of 9/11. However, a network approach to terrorism research is still not ubiquitous in the field, and many terrorism scholars do not come from fields with established training in social network methods. Valid network data is typically more difficult to access from open sources, making developments slower than desirable. The idea that networks can also be analyzed on the other side of the spectrum, within the agencies tasked with responding to terrorism, is also rarely discussed in terrorism studies. This paper aims to contribute towards establishing network concepts and methods as critical to the development of the field."--Includes text from page 7.


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Introduction -- Why study terrorism through a network lens? -- Conceptual clarification -- On the network implications of the leaderless jihad -- Networks on the internet -- Terrorist network disruption: issues and prospects for counter-terrorism -- Conclusion -- References.


Working paper series (TSAS) ; no. 14-01 (May 2014)

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