The Terrorism Research Initiative (TRI) in a Nutshell

With 16 research institutions and more than 120 individual scholars from more than 30 countries in its ranks, the Terrorism Research Initiative (TRI) constitutes one of the largest research consortia in the field of Terrorism Studies. Founded in 2007, TRI’s mission is to enhance security through collaborative research. It does so by facilitating cooperative efforts among scholars from a broad range of disciplines and backgrounds. The Initiative brings together individual and institutional research efforts, enabling knowledge accumulation in order to suggest policy-relevant courses of action on security issues related to terrorism.

TRI's leadership and staff are based on both sides of the Atlantic. Its European offices are in Vienna, Austria, while its American headquarters are at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell Campus, where Prof. James Forest also acts as Director of Security Studies at the Center for Terrorism and Security Studies (CTSS).

Leadership and Staff

TRI Leadership

Alex P. Schmid, TRI Director

James J. F. Forest, TRI Director

Robert Wesley, TRI Director


TRI Staff and Affiliates

Robert Wesley, President, Founding Editor of Perspectives on Terrorism

Alex P. Schmid, Editor-in-Chief of Perspectives on Terrorism

James J. F. Forest, Co-Editor of Perspectives on Terrorism

Joseph J. Easson, Associate Editor of Perspectives on Terrorism

Joshua Sinai, Book Reviews Editor of Perspectives on Terrorism

Eric Price, Editorial Assistant of Perspectives on Terrorism

Judith Tinnes, Editorial Assistant of Perspectives on Terrorism

Nico Prucha, Senior Research Associate

Charlotte Spencer-Smith, Research Associate

Philipp Holtmann, Research Associate

Ioannis Mantzikos, Research Assistant

Donald Stewart, Research Assistant

Suzzette Abbasciano, Research Assistant

Robert Kerins, Research Assistant


TRI International Advisory Board

Adam Dolnik is a Professor at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

Javier Jordán is a Professor at the Universidad de Granada, Spain.

Gary LaFree is a Professor of Criminology at the University of Maryland and the Director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START).

David Rapoport is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at UCLA, a Mellon Foundation Emeritus Fellow, Founding and Co-Editor of the journal Terrorism and Political Violence.

Marc Sageman is a Consultant on transnational terrorism with various governmental agencies and foreign governments and the author of Understanding Terror Networks and Leaderless Jihad.

Michael Scheuer served in the CIA for 22 years where he was the Chief of the bin Laden Unit at the Counterterrorist Center from 1996 to 1999.

Yoram Schweitzer is a Researcher at the Institute for National Security Studies and Lecturer at Tel Aviv University.

Michael S. Stohl is Professor of Communication at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB).

Jeff Victoroff is an Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology and Psychiatry at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California.

Peter Waldmann is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Augsburg, Germany, and a long time member of the Advisory Board of the German Ministry of Development.

Leonard Weinberg is Foundation Professor of Political Science at the University of Nevada.