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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 serves as Director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR,, which he founded in early 2008.

Neumann has authored or co-authored five books, including Old and New Terrorism, published by Polity Press in 2009; and The Strategy of Terrorism (with MLR Smith), published by Routledge in 2008. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, dealing with different aspects of terrorism and radicalization. Shorter pieces have appeared in the New York Times, the New Scientist, the London Review of Books, the Wall Street Journal, and other periodicals.

Neumann has led research projects and written influential policy reports about issues such as online radicalization, foreign fighter networks, prison-based de-radicalization programs, and terrorist recruitment in Europe. The most recent are “#Greenbirds: Measuring Importance and Influence in Syrian Foreign Fighter Networks” (ICSR, April 2014; with Joseph Carter and Shiraz Maher) and “Countering Online Radicalization in America” (Bipartisan Policy Center, December 2012).

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 has given evidence before committees of the U.S. House of Representatives and the UK House of Commons. Moreover, he has served as an expert witness for the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service, Northern Ireland’s Public Prosecution Service, and Scotland’s Crown Office.

At the Department of War Studies, Neumann co-directs the MA program in Terrorism, Security and Society, and supervises five PhD students. He has taught courses on terrorism, counterterrorism, intelligence, radicalization and counter-radicalization at King’s College London, Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, and Sciences Po (Lyon).

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.

Select Publications

  • “Suspects into Collaborators”, London Review of Books, 3 April 2014
  • ‘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. Availablehere.
  • ‘Terrorwarnungen – plausible Orakel’, Die Welt, 10 July 2009. Available here, with Friedbert Pflüger.
  • ‘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.
  • ‘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.


Books and Monographs
  • 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 (New York and London: Routledge, 2008) (with M.L.R. Smith)
  • Britain’s Long War: British Strategy in the Northern Ireland Conflict, 1969-98 (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003).
  • IRA: Langer Weg zum Frieden (Hamburg: Europäische Verlagsanstalt, 1999).


Journal Articles
  •  ‘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. (Re-printed in Thomas Mahnken and Joseph Maiolo (eds.), Strategic Studies: A Reader (London and New York: Routledge, 2008), Chapter 18.)
  • ‘Missing the Plot? Intelligence and Discourse Failure’ (with M.L.R. Smith), Orbis, 49(1) (2005), pp. 95-107.


Policy Reports