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Peter Neumann – Director

Peter Neumann is Professor of Security Studies at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and has served as Director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR, since its foundation in early 2008.


Books and Writing

Neumann’s latest book, Die neuen Dschihadisten: ISIS, Europa und die nächste Welle des Terrorismus (The New Jihadists: ISIS, Europa and the Next Wave of Terrorism), was published by Econ in October 2015. Prior to this, Neumann has authored or co-authored five other books, including Old and New Terrorism (Polity Press, 2009); and The Strategy of Terrorism (with MLR Smith) (Routledge, 2008).

He has written numerous peer-reviewed journal articles dealing with different aspects of terrorism and radicalization, and editor of Routledge’s recently published four-volume Major Works Collection: Radicalization (Routledge, 2015). Shorter pieces have appeared in the New York Times, New Scientist, London Review of Books, Wall Street Journal, and other periodicals.


Policy Reports

Neumann has led research projects and written influential policy reports about online radicalization, foreign fighter networks, terrorist defectors, prison-based de-radicalization programs, and terrorist recruitment in Europe. ICSR’s ground breaking research on foreign fighters – for which he serves as principal investigator – has informed policy-makers and public opinion in Europe and North America, and has featured in numerous publications, such as the New York Times Magazine. Results will be included in “Peers over Propaganda: Online Radicalisation among British Foreign Fighters” (ICSR, 2015; with Nick Khaderbai and Shiraz Maher), and have featured in “#Greenbirds: Measuring Importance and Influence in Syrian Foreign Fighter Networks” (ICSR, 2014; with Joseph Carter and Shiraz Maher).

Earlier reports include “Countering Online Radicalization in America” (Bipartisan Policy Center, 2012), and “Preventing Violent Radicalization in America” (Bipartisan Policy Center, 2011).


Impact and Affiliations

Neumann is a member of the editorial boards of three leading, peer-reviewed journals – Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, the Journal of Strategic Studies and Democracy and Security – and serves as investigator for the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland.

He is an Advisor to the Club de Madrid, the association of former Presidents and Prime Ministers, and was a senior consultant for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations during the process of crafting UN Security Council Resolution 2178 on “Foreign Terrorist Fighters”. He has given evidence before a full session of the UN Security Council as well as committees of the U.S. House of Representatives, the UK House of Commons, the Canadian House of Commons, and the European Parliament. He has been an expert witness for the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service, Northern Ireland’s Public Prosecution Service, and Scotland’s Crown Office. He also holds positions with the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) in Geneva and the Hedayah Centre in Abu Dhabi.


Teaching and Education

At the Department of War Studies, Neumann co-directs the MA program in Terrorism, Security and Society, and currently supervises four PhD students. He has taught courses on terrorism, counterterrorism, intelligence, radicalization and counter-radicalization at King’s College London and Sciences Po (Lyon), and continues to serve as Adjunct Faculty at Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University, both in Washington DC.

Having studied in Berlin, Belfast and London, Neumann holds an MA in Political Science from the Free University of Berlin (Dipl.-Pol.) and a PhD in War Studies from King’s College London. Before becoming an academic, he worked as a radio journalist in Germany.




Periodicals (selected)

  • “La violencia y sus causas”, El Pais, 26 October 2015 (with Vaira Vike-Freiberga). Available here (Spanish original) and here (English translation).
  • “ISIS Is Killing Muslims, Not Protecting Them”, CNN, 22 September 2015. Available here.
  • “How to curb the threat of homecoming jihadist fighters”, New Scientist, 2 July 2014. Available here.
  • “Suspects into Collaborators”, London Review of Books, 3 April 2014. Available here.
  • ‘Why Nobody Saw 9/11 Coming’, New York Times, 27 March 2004. Available here.
  • ‘Does Iran Want Another Lebanon?’, New York Times, 8 September 2004 (with Joshua Kilberg). Available here.
  • ‘Wider Lessons from the IRA: Helping Terrorists Evolve’, International Herald Tribune, 3 August 2005. Available here.
  • ’Can Terrorists Be Tamed?’, International Herald Tribune, 10 January 2007. Available here.
  • ‘A Crisis of Identity and the Appeal of Jihad’, International Herald Tribune, 5 July 2007. Available here.
  • ‘Table Tennis for the Taliban’, Der Spiegel, 28 January 2010. Available here in English; and here in German.
  • ‘Passagierselektion macht es Terroristen leicht’, Der Spiegel, 29 December 2010. Available in German here.
  • ‘Warum ISIS für Europa immer gefährlicher wird’, BILD, 3 July 2015. Available in German here.
  • ‘Osama Bin Laden’s Death Hurt Al Qaeda… But Now It Hunts with Lone Wolves’, The Sun, 1 May 2012. Available here.
  • ‘Al Qaeda’s Most Dangerous Franchise’, Wall Street Journal, 10 May 2012 (with Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens). Available here.


Monographs and Edited Volumes

  • Die neuen Dschihadisten: ISIS, Europa und die nächste Welle des Terrorismus (Berlin: Econ, 2015)
  • Radicalization: Major Works Collection (Routledge, 2015) (Ed.)
  • Old and New Terrorism (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2009).
  • ‘Joining Al Qaeda: Jihadist Recruitment in Europe’, Adelphi Paper 399, International Institute for Strategic Studies, January 2009.
  • The Strategy of Terrorism (London: Routledge, 2008) (with M.L.R. Smith)
  • Britain’s Long War: British Strategy in the Northern Ireland Conflict, 1969-98 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003)
  • Al Gore: Eine Biographie (Hamburg: DVA, 2000)
  • IRA: Langer Weg zum Frieden (Hamburg: Europäische Verlagsanstalt, 1999)


Journal Articles (selected)

  •  ‘How Rigorous is Radicalization Research?’, Democracy and Security, 9(4) (2013), pp. 360-82.
  •  ‘The Trouble with Radicalisation’, International Affairs, 89(4) (2013), S. 873-93.
  • ‘Options and Strategies for Countering Online Radicalization in the United States’, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 36(6) (2013), S. 431-59.
  • ‘Locating Al Qaeda’s Center of Gravity: The Role of Middle Managers’ (with Ryan Evans and Raffaello Pantucci), Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 34(9) (11), pp. 825-42.
  • ‘Negotiating with Terrorists’, Foreign Affairs, 86(1) (2007), pp. 128-38.
  •  ‘Europe’s Jihadist Challenge’, Survival, 48(2) (2006), pp. 71-84.
  • ‘The Bullet and the Ballot Box: The Case of the IRA’, Journal of Strategic Studies, 28(6) (2005), pp. 1-35.
  • ‘The Strategy of Terrorism: The Framework and Its Fallacies’ (with M.L.R. Smith), Journal of Strategic Studies, 28(4) (2005), pp. 571-95.
  • ‘Missing the Plot? Intelligence and Discourse Failure’ (with M.L.R. Smith), Orbis, 49(1) (2005), pp. 95-107.


Policy Reports

  • ‘Peers over Propaganda: Online Radicalisation among British Foreign Fighters’ (London: ICSR, 2015) (with Nick Khaderbai and Shiraz Maher) (forthcoming)
  • ‘Victims, Perpetrators, Assets: The Narratives of Islamic State Defectors’ (London: ICSR, 2015); available here.
  • ‘#Greenbirds: Measuring Importance and Influence in Syrian Foreign Fighter Networks’ (London: ICSR, 2014) (with Joseph Carter and Shiraz Maher), available here.
  • ‘Countering Online Radicalization in America’ (Washington DC: Bipartisan Policy Center, 2012); available here.
  • ‘Preventing Violent Radicalization in America’ (Washington DC: Bipartisan Policy Center, 2011); available here.
  • ‘Prisons and Terrorism: Radicalisation and De-radicalisation in 15 Countries’ (London: ICSR, 2010); available here.
  • ‘Countering Online Radicalisation: A Strategy for Action’ (London: ICSR, 2009) (with Tim Stevens); available here.
  • ‘Recruitment for the Islamist Militant Movement in Europe’ (Brussels: European Commission, 2008) (with Brooke Rogers); available here.
  • ‘Securing the Peace: The Normalisation of Security Arrangements in Northern Ireland’ (Belfast: Independent Monitoring Commission, 2006) (with Ben Bowling and Cian Murphy). Summary available here.