- “The Islamic State's Pattern of Sexual Violence: Ideology and Institutions, Policies and Practices” by Mara Redlich Revkin, Elisabeth Jean Wood. Journal of Global Security Studies, Published: 02 November 2020
- “Unholy Alliances and their Threat: The Convergence of Terrorism, Organized Crime and Corruption” by Emilio C. Viano. International Annals of Criminology, Published online by Cambridge University Press: 02 November 2020
- “Motives Don't Matter? Motive Attribution and Counterterrorism Policy” by Daphna Canetti, Joshua Gubler, Thomas Zeitzoff. Political Psychology, First published: 02 November 2020
- “Family Matters: A Preliminary Framework for Understanding Family Influence on Islamist Radicalization” by Nicolò Scremin. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, Published online: 08 Nov 2020
- “Illuminating terror: content analysis of official ISIS English-language videos from 2014 to 2017” by Yuanbo Qi. Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, Published online: 10 Nov 2020,
- “Strategic communications: The Pakistan military’s use of social media against terrorism” by Muhammad Khalil Khan, Cornelius B Pratt. Media, War & Conflict, First Published November 17, 2020
- “Counter‐terrorism policies in the Middle East: Why democracy has failed to reduce terrorism in the Middle East and why protecting human rights might be more successful” by Nancy A. Morris, Gary LaFree, Eray Karlidag. Criminology & Public Policy, First published: 17 November 2020
- “The End of the Sahelian Exception: Al-Qaeda and Islamic State Clash in Central Mali” by Edoardo Baldaro &Yida Seydou Diall. The International Spectator, Published online: 18 Nov 2020
- “Governance, Fragility and Insurgency in the Sahel: A Hybrid Political Order in the Making” by Morten Bøås &Francesco Strazzari. The International Spectator, Published online: 18 Nov 2020
- “The Truth Is Out There: The Prevalence of Conspiracy Theory Use by Radical Violent Extremist Organizations” by Gregory J. Rousis, F. Dan Richard & Dong-Yuan Debbie Wang. Terrorism and Political Violence, Published online: 19 Nov 2020
Most quantitative research examining predictors of country‐level terrorism have used worldwide samples which potentially obscures regional or country‐specific effects. This may be especially problematic for regions in which common predictors of political violence differ from what is expected based on worldwide patterns. In this paper we explore the possibility that this situation exists for several key predictors of terrorism in the Middle East since the 1980s. For much of the past thirty years US policy has focused on the promotion of democracy and reduction of state‐based human rights violations in the Middle East, yet very few studies have quantitatively examined the effects of these variables on terrorism among Middle Eastern countries. Using Global Terrorism Data for 18 Middle Eastern countries from 1980 to 2016, we find annual increases in state‐based human rights violations and increasing democratization are both related to increases in terrorist attacks.
Our results suggest that counter‐terrorism policies that discourage state‐based acts of repression, and foster state‐based legitimacy hold more promise for reducing terrorism than policies that focus on the promotion of democracy in Middle Eastern countries.