Historical Context

Terrorism, as an intellectual and practical inquiry, did not begin with 9/11. Rather it has been a permanent fixture of learning since the dawn of human history. Yet, it is the “Age of Terrorism” which emerged following World War II that encouraged unprecedented interdisciplinary study by governmental, intergovernmental, and nongovernmental bodies.

Acknowledgement of the intellectual inspiration and academic opportunities to engage in the study of terrorism in the 1950s and the 1960s are due to the University of Chicago and Columbia University. During the next four decades the supportive role of the Institute for Studies in International Terrorism (State University of New York), the Center for Strategic and International Studies (Georgetown University) the Institute of Social and Behavioral Pathology (Yale University and the University of Chicago), the Terrorism Studies Program (The George Washington University), and the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies (administered by both the International Center for Terrorism Studies at The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies and the Inter-University Center for Legal Studies at the International Law Institute) was critical in developing educational programs and several book series consisting of over 100 volumes in English and dozens of foreign languages.  


In connection with the inauguration of this electronic effort, mention should be made of the four related earlier publications. Terrorism: An International Journal (Crane Russak, 1977), Political Communication and Persuasion (published in 1980 by Crane Russak); International Journal on Group Rights (Martinus Nijhoff, 1990) [This publication was subsequently renamed The International Journal on Minority and Group Rights]; The Partnership for Peace Review under the international auspices of NATO and launched in 2010 by the Partnership for Peace Training Center in Ankara.


Another academic and professional effort was Terrorism: An International Resource File, launched by University Microfilms Incorporated (UMI) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1987. The purpose of this publishing program was to provide access to the diversified material on terrorism from governmental, inter-governmental, and non-governmental perspectives.

  In short this web resource will provide a continuity to our earlier works on the “Age of Terrorism” as well as strive to close research gaps in the growing literature on the manifold aspects of the subject. This online resource will focus on identifying warning signals on conventional and unconventional terrorism in the post-9/11 era and recommending national, regional, and global strategies to confront the potential challenges to all societies.


It is hoped that this website will establish itself as a useful tool of research for scholars and academics in furthering the cause of peace with justice.  



IUCTS Highlights



July 25, 2018

"The Role of Diplomacy in Combating Terrorism: Past Lessons and Future Outlook"


April 30, 2018

"Combating Terrorism: National, Regional, and Global Lessons for the Next Decade and Beyond"


March 1, 2018

"Balkan Security Challenges: Past Lessons and Future Outlook"


February 27, 2018

"Punctuated Equilibria Paradigm and Security in the Modern World"


February 9, 2018

Combating Terrorism: Reflections over the Generations


January 31, 2018

National, Regional, and Global Terrorism: An Israeli Perspective


December 19, 2017

Security Challenges in the Balkans: Quo Vadis?


December 7, 2017

Egypt-U.S. Strategic Partnership


November 20, 2017

Spanish-U.S. Strategic Partnership


November 13, 2017

Czech Republic-U.S. Strategic Partnership


October 31, 2017

Can the State System and Separatism Co-Exist?


September 11, 2017

Al-Qa'ida: Sixteen Years After 9/11 and Beyond


August 24, 2017

Combating Biological Terrorism: Roadmaps for Global Strategies


June 29, 2017

The Role of Diplomacy in Combating Terrorism


June 9, 2017

European and U.S. Counter-Terrorism Strategies: Quo Vadis?


May 24, 2017

"Is a New Middle East Strategic Order Emerging?"


April 20, 2017

"Terrorism and the Media: Dilemmas for Government, Journalists, and the Public"


April 13, 2017

"Security Challenges in Africa: Review of 2016 and Outlook for 2017"


March 23, 2017

"Preventing WMD Terrorism: Past Lessons and Future Outlook" 


February 23, 2017

"International Cooperation in Combating Terrorism: Review of 2016 and Outlook for 2017"


December 16, 2016

"Latin America's Security Outlook: Challenges and Opportunities in the Post-Castro Era"


Additional past events 



The Times of Israel
on January 25, 2019: "There's good reason to fear Iran's global reach" by Prof. Yonah Alexander and Dr. Milton Hoenig


The Times of Israel on September 26, 2018: "The battle for the new Syria"

by Prof. Yonah Alexander and Dr. Milton Hoenig