Can We Improve Counter-Terrorism Strategies by Studying the History of Terrorism?

Terrorism is a sad fact of life in the 21st century. It has become so prominent in the current threat landscape that we sometimes forget it has been around in various incarnations for some time, at least since the French Revolution when the word “terror” was added to the world’s vocabulary.

But can we learn anything from that long and bloody history? Dr. James Hess, Associate Professor of Intelligence Studies at American Military University, says yes, and he is trying to track the evolution of modern terrorism from the anarchist wave of the late nineteenth century to the new religious wave of the 21st in order to improve current counter-terrorism strategies.

Read more about the modern evolution of terrorism at In Public Safety.