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Terror Studies Must Look at History, Motives

Governments trying to fight terrorism should, when funding research, focus less on headline grabbers like weapons of mass destruction and more on studies of terrorists’ everyday existence and motivation. That was the message from European and North American experts reviewing research on terrorism and counter-terrorism at a seminar at the Swedish National Defense College on Tuesday. Spending on research has increased since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, but political sponsors want “results on their desks in two to three months” rather than lengthy field studies or historical analysis. Full Story

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