Dr. Alex P. Schmid
Alex P. Schmid is a Research Fellow at the ICCT, and Director of the Terrorism Research Initiative (TRI), an international network of scholars who seek to enhance human security through collaborative research.
He was co-editor of the journal Terrorism and Political Violence and is currently editor-in-chief of Perspectives on Terrorism, the online journal of TRI. Dr. Schmid held a chair in International Relations at the University of St. Andrews (Scotland) where he was, until 2009, also Director of the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV). From 1999 to 2005 he was Officer-in-Charge of the Terrorism Prevention Branch at the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in the rank of a Senior Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer. From 1994 to 1999, Dr. Schmid was an elected member of the Executive Board of ISPAC (International Scientific and Professional Advisory Council) of the United Nations’ Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme. Until 1999 he held the position of Extraordinary Professor for the Empirical Study of Conflict and Conflict Resolution (Synthesis Chair) at the Department of Sociology, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, and the position of Research Coordinator of PIOOM (Interdisciplinary Research Projects on Root Causes of Human Rights Violations, Centre for the Study of Social Conflict) at Leiden University. In 2003, Dr. Schmid was appointed Corresponding Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), which was followed by an appointment as Fellow-in-Residence at the KNAW’s Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) in 2011.
Currently, Alex Schmid serves on a number of boards, including Europol’s TE-SAT, the Genocide Prevention Advisory Network (GPAN), the Asia-Pacific Foundation and the Global Terrorism Database of START, a Center of Excellence of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security at the University of Maryland. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT) in Oklahoma.
Key Publications include:
Schmid, A. P. “Links between Terrorism and Migration: An Exploration”, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 7, no. 4 (2016).
Schmid, A. P. and J. Tinnes. “Foreign (Terrorist) Fighters with IS: A European Perspective”, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 6, no. 8 (2015).
Schmid, A. P. “Foreign (Terrorist) Fighter Estimates: Conceptual and Data Issues“, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 6, no. 4 (2015).
Schmid, A. P. “Challenging the Narrative of the “Islamic State”, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 6, no. 5 (2015).
Schmid, A.P. “Austria’s Reformed Law on Islam – a Model for Europe?“, Perspectives, The Hague: ICCT, 2015.
Schmid, A. P. “Violent and Non-Violent Extremism: Two Sides of the Same Coin?”, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 5, no. 5 (2014).
Schmid, A. P. “Al Qaeda’s “Single Narrative” and Attempts to Develop Counter-Narratives”, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 5, no. 1 (2014).
Schmid, A.P. “The End of Radicalisation?“, Perspectives, The Hague: ICCT, 2013.
Schmid, A. P. “Radicalisation, De-Radicalisation, Counter-Radicalisation: A Conceptual Discussion and Literature Review”, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 4, no. 2 (2013).
Schmid, A. P. “Strengthening the Role of Victims and Incorporating Victims in Efforts to Counter Violent Extremism and Terrorism”, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 3, no. 7 (2012).
Hindle, G .F. and A. P. Schmid. After the War on Terror: Regional and Multilateral Perspectives on Counter-Terrorism Strategy. London, RUSI, 2009.
Jongman, A. J. and A. P. Schmid. Political Terrorism. A New Guide to Actors, Concepts, Data Bases, Theories and Literature. New Brunswick: Transaction Books, 1984, 1988, 2005.
Dr. Schmid is editor and principal author of The Routledge Handbook of Terrorism Research. London & New York: Routledge, 2011.
Follow Alex Schmid on Twitter @APSCHMID
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