Berto Jongman: Accessing Terrorism Literature in the Digital Age Plus 230 Online Sites for Terrorism Research

09 Terrorism, Articles & Chapters
Berto Jongman
Berto Jongman


Perspectives on Terrorism is  a journal of the Terrorism Research Initiative and the Center for Terrorism and Security Studies

Volume 7, Issue 3, pp. 84-98

The Art of Searching: How to Find Terrorism Literature in the Digital Age

Judith Tinnes


This guide provides an overview on information retrieval techniques for locating high-quality literature on terrorism and counter-terrorism. Starting from general considerations on conducting a literature search – taking into account the specifics of terrorism studies – instructions are provided on how to find particular literature types by using different search methods and information retrieval systems, followed by information on how to refine a search by employing focused search strategies. The explanations are enriched with numerous links to recommendable resources. The included examples are focused on terrorism studies, but the general search mechanics can be applied to other research domains as well.

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III. Resources

230 Websites and Blogs for Terrorism Research

Compiled and selected by Judith Tinnes


This resource collection lists 230 websites and blogs which are deemed to be valuable information sources for serious researchers in the field of (counter-) terrorism studies. The first part lists websites run by academic, governmental, non-governmental, and private institutes, organisations, companies, as well as individual experts. The second part of the collection comprises blogs, many of them containing analyses of primary source materials as well as up-to-date news.

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Can Thematic Content Analysis Separate the Pyramid of Ideas from the Pyramid of Action? A Comparison Among Different Degrees of Commitment to Violence

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Can Thematic Content Analysis Separate the Pyramid of Ideas from the Pyramid of Action? A Comparison Among Different Degrees of Commitment to Violence

Peter Suedfeld, Ryan W. Cross, and Carson Logan
The University of British Columbia


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Thematic Content Analysis in an Early Warning System for Deterrence

Advanced Cyber/IO, Articles & Chapters

Thematic Content Analysis in an Early Warning System for Deterrence

Peter Suedfeld and Ryan W. Cross

The University of British Columbia

Thematic Content Analysis (TCA) is a method for converting qualitative material, such as verbal text, to quantitative data through replicable, reliable, and rigorous procedures. A variety of coding manuals are available to score for different psychological variables in areas including cognition, affect, motivation, aspirations, values, and personality.

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Reference: How Full is the DoD Acquisition Analytic Toolbox?

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PDF (4 Pages):  2013-02 DoD Acquisition Toolbox

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Chuck Spinney: Austerity Economics is Fraud — Primer for Citizens

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Chuck Spinney
Chuck Spinney

Austerity Economics

Why Snake Oil is the Drug of Choice for Ayn Rand Wannabees
Attached are two important papers, one by Stephanie Kelton and the other by Paul Krugman, arguing that it is time to consign austerity economics to the dustbin of history.  Both are variations on a theme and are spot on, IMO.
The fundamental problem tamping down the American recovery is excessive debt in the private sector, NOT the government sector.  Yet austerity economics ignores this reality and argues speciously for reductions in government spending.  The sequester has taken this nonsense to the level of policy lunacy by legislating an abdication of government’s primary responsibility –i.e., to make policy decisions, in to law.  As Krugman points out there is method to the austerity madness, however.
But madness it is.  The attached chart, which I have distributed before, uses Federal Reserve Data to place the real debt problem into a long term perspective.  Note the vertical scales are IDENTICAL!  Bear in mind, the chart is about 1.5 years out of date and it does not reflect the recent, pre-sequester reductions in Federal Debt discussed below.

Chuck Spinney: Understanding the Arab Transformation — Political & Economic Harmonization, Not Democratization, Is Core First Step

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Chuck Spinney
Chuck Spinney

Below is a very interesting summary of the political tensions among secularism and religion and modernism and tradition in Tunisia.  I think the author, who I do not know but whose writings I have followed, is one of the most knowledgeable observers of the Arab Spring.

Chuck Spinney

Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

April 2013, Pages 41-42

Tunisia in Turmoil:What Next?

By Esam Al-Amin

THE SPARK THAT ignited the Arab Spring over two years ago came from Sidi Bouzid in Tunisia. For 28 days people across the country revolted against the repression and corruption of the 23-year authoritarian regime of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Finally, on Jan. 14, 2011 Tunisians celebrated their victory and resilience over tyranny and oppression when Ben Ali fled the country. But if getting rid of the dictator was relatively short and easy, the dismantling of his regime and its corrosive effects on society has proven to be very challenging indeed.

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Reference: 100 Critical Points About 9/11

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 100 Critical Points About 9/11

By “Tommy”

Introduction/Challenge to ‘Debunkers’:

It’s time for ‘debunkers’ to showcase their years of hard work. I’m looking for a concise and agreed-upon explanation for each of the following items so that we might forever put to rest these ‘nonsense conspiracy theories’ about 9/11.

Ideally, I’m hoping for a 1-4 sentence long, simplified explanation for each of these listed circumstances, explaining how they fit into the widely-accepted narrative. If any of these conditions were not present as alleged, or if you find them to be irrelevant, just explain a more accurate interpretation of the corresponding data.

Choose any number or set of numbers from the following list. For each point, write what you believe to be the official stance relative to the mainstream “Arab terrorist” narrative. Consistency and consensus is what we’re looking for. The goal of this article is to have each of these points adequately addressed in order to demonstrate, for any future “truthers”, that there is a reasonable explanation for these circumstances that was simply overlooked by the 9/11 Truth movement.

Eventually, I would like to be able to construct a full outline of the ‘debunker’ consensus on these most-relevant aspects of 9/11.

Some of the points, below, may seem familiar.  Special thanks to Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth (VIDEO) and all of the honest institutions and individuals who have made this article possible.

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Reference: The Seven Sins of American Foreign Policy

02 Diplomacy, Articles & Chapters

The Seven Sins of American Foreign Policy

Loch Johnson and Kiki Caruson

PSOnlone (January 2003)

PDF 6 Pages (slow loading)

1.  Ignorance.

2.  Lack of Empathy

3.  Isolationalism

4.  Unilateralism

5.  Precipitate Military Action

6.  Presidential Imperialism

7.  Arrogance

Phi Beta Iota:  The above are resorted and expanded in Loch Johnson (2006), Seven Sins of American Foreign Policy, Pearson.

Berto Jongman: Article on Local Peace Committees

Articles & Chapters, Peace Intelligence
Berto Jongman
Berto Jongman

Paul van Tongeren (2013): Potential cornerstone of infrastructures for peace? How local peace committees can make a difference, Peacebuilding, 1:1, 39-60

Potential cornerstone of infrastructures for peace? How local peace committees can make a difference

Paul van Tongeren

Co-founder, International Civil Society Network on Infrastructures for Peace, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

(Received 9 October 2012; final version received 28 November 2012)

In many conflict-affected countries local peace committees (LPCs) have an impact on local communities by keeping the violence down, solving community problems and empowering local actors to become peacebuilders. Of course, committees like these are confronted with many challenges; the biggest challenge is that they are very dependent on the broader, political or conflict environment. If that environment becomes very polarised or violent, they will be gravely affected. LPCs are committees or structures formed at the level of a town or village with the aim to encourage and facilitate joint, inclusive peacemaking and peacebuilding processes within their own context. The article describes 10 examples of LPCs in countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Colombia and Afghanistan. It is remarkable to see that in those countries hundreds of LPCs exist, with in most cases limited impact. The article describes as well a broader framework of infrastructures for peace, as it is implemented in several countries, such as Ghana and Kenya. This is a promising approach. The article concludes with some conclusions and proposals to enhance LPCs and infrastructures for peace nationally and internationally.

Keywords: local peace committees; local peace communities; infrastructures for peace; local peace building

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Reference (2010): Inteligencia: La <> de la Union Europea

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PDF 22 pages: 2010 Intelligence as Sap of European Union Spanish

Abstract: This article reflects the importance of the consolidation of structures of Intelligence, able of canalizing the flows in the support and exchange of information that provide the preventive measures to the decision making that serves like fortification of the UE. The Intelligence considered like the sap, the food of the Union, must be had present like part fundamental in the vanguard of any policy to develop.