Terrorism: An Electronic Journal and Knowledge Base | Volume IX, Number 1 | January 2020

 

 

 

Editor’s Note

 

            As we are posting the June 2019 issue of Terrorism: An Electronic Journal & Knowledge Base, I wish to remind our readers that this academic effort was initially developed in 1998 as an on-line follow-up to Terrorism: An International Journal, published in 1977 by Crane, Russak in New York and subsequently by Taylor and Francis in the U.K. As director of the State University of New York (SUNY) Institute for Studies in International Terrorism, it was my honor to serve as the founder and Editor-in-Chief of these two publications.

 

            In its current form, Terrorism: An Electronic Journal & Knowledge Base was launched again in August 2012 in order to provide continuity to earlier studies on the “Age of Terrorism” and to close research gaps in the growing literature on the manifold aspects of the emerging disciplinary subject. Our primary objective is to focus on identifying warning signals on conventional and unconventional terrorism in the post 9/11 era and recommend national, regional, and global strategies to confront potential security challenges to all societies.

 

            It should be noted that for administrative and logistical purposes we published electronically only Volume VIII, No. 1 in June 2019. However, during that year we decided to place selected topical seminars on our two websites, namely the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies (IUCTS) and the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies (PIPS).

 

            The following links provide easy access to our seminars during 2019:

 

1. March 28, 2019

 
"Biological Terrorism: International Dimensions"
 
(Held at the International Law Institute)
 
IUCTS: https://www.iucts.org/seminars/past-events/2019/
 
PIPS: https://www.potomacinstitute.org/events/past-events 
 
 

2. April 30, 2019

 
"The Current State of American Diplomacy and Future Outlook”
 
(Held at the International Law Institute)
 
IUCTS: https://www.iucts.org/seminars/past-events/2019/
 
PIPS: https://www.potomacinstitute.org/events/past-events 
 
 

3. May 14, 2019

 
"The Role of Diplomacy in the World's Future"
 
(Held at the International Law Institute)
 
IUCTS: https://www.iucts.org/seminars/past-events/2019/
 
PIPS: https://www.potomacinstitute.org/events/past-events 
 
 

4. May 20, 2019

 
"Jerusalem and Washington: A Life in Politics and Diplomacy”
 
(Held at the International Law Institute)
 
IUCTS: https://www.iucts.org/seminars/past-events/2019/
 
PIPS: https://www.potomacinstitute.org/events/past-events 
 
 

5. September 25, 2019

 
"African Security Concerns: Challenges and Opportunities 2020 and Beyond"
 
(Held at the International Law Institute)
 
IUCTS: https://www.iucts.org/seminars/past-events/2019/
 
PIPS: https://www.potomacinstitute.org/events/past-events 
 
 

6. November 18, 2019

 
"Security and Technology: Past Lessons and Future Outlook"
 
(Held at the International Law Institute)
 
IUCTS: https://www.iucts.org/seminars/past-events/2019/
 
PIPS: https://www.potomacinstitute.org/events/past-events 
 
 

7. December 16, 2019

 
"2019 Global Terrorism Index"
 
(Held at the International Law Institute)
 
IUCTS: https://www.iucts.org/seminars/past-events/2019/
 
PIPS: https://www.potomacinstitute.org/events/past-events 
 
 

8. February 6, 2020

 
"Middle East Security Challenges: Past Lessons and Future Outlook"
 
(Held at the International Law Institute)
 
IUCTS: https://www.iucts.org/seminars/past-events/2020/
 
PIPS: https://www.potomacinstitute.org/events/past-events

 

           

 

The current issue Volume IX, No. 1 (January 2020) includes four sections. The first segment is selected seminar proceedings on “African Security Concerns: Past Lessons and Future Outlook” held on September 25, 2019 and on “Security and Technology: Past Lessons and Future Outlook” held on November 18, 2019.

 

            The second section of the issue consist of selected seminar reports such as “The Role of Diplomacy in World Affairs: Past Lessons and Future Outlook” (published in November 2019) and “Prospect of Moroccan American Relations” (Published in October 2019 by the Royal Institute for Strategic Studies in Rabat, Morocco).

 

            The third segment of this issue includes international comments provided by Prasad Nallapati (President of Centre for Asian-Africa Policy Research in Hyderbad, India). A former diplomat, he currently focuses on the Middle East, South Asia, and South East/East Asia in his work.

 

The final section consists of selected daily chronologies of security-related issues during 2019.  

 

            Lastly, thanks are due to our colleagues on the International Advisory Board and distinguished contributors to this issue, the editorial staff, and the participating undergraduate and graduate intern teams in the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020, including:

 

  • Ryan Maness (Virginia Tech)

  • Elizabeth Liebel (Virginia Tech)

  • Carolyne Cruz-Soto (Inter-American University of Puerto Rico)

  • Kathryn Hamilton (Catholic University)

  • Mythili Kotagiri (Rutgers University)

 

 

 

Professor Yonah Alexander

 

Editor-in-Chief

 

January 30, 2020