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The Combating Terrorism Center at West Point


The Combating Terrorism Center at West Point contributes relevant scholarly perspectives through education, research and policy analysis to combat terrorist threats to the United States. We maintain expertise in four primary areas: terrorism, counterterrorism, homeland security, and weapons of mass destruction. By developing a curriculum of the highest quality, producing theoretically informed studies, and crafting relevant policy recommendations, we remain an internationally recognized center of excellence dedicated to the advancement of terrorism knowledge and expertise.

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Working Papers

General Working Papers

Title: The Fighters of Lashkar‐e‐Taiba: Recruitment,Training, Deployment and Death
Authors: Don Rassler, C. Christine Fair, Anirban Ghosh, Arif Jamal, Nadia Shoeb
Date: March 2013

Title: Policy Considerations in Combating Terrorism: Decision‐Making Under Conditions of Risk and Uncertainty
Authors: Michele L. Malvesti
Date: January 2012

Title: Success, Lethality, and Cell Structure Across the Dimensions of Al Qaeda
Authors: Scott Helfstein, Dominick Wright
Date: May 2011

Title: Shiism and Sectarian Conflict in Pakistan: Identity Politics, Iranian Influence, and Tit-for-Tat Violence
Authors: Hassan Abbas
Date: May 2011

Title: The Failure of Jihad in Saudi Arabia
Authors: Thomas Hegghammer
Date: February 2010

Title: Sunni and Shi'a Terrorism: Differences that Matter
Authors: Thomas F. Lynch
Date: December 2008

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Title: Risky Business: The Global Threat Network and the Politics of Contraband
Authors: Scott Helfstein
Date: May 2014

Title: Jihadi Discourse in the Wake of the Arab Spring
Authors: Nelly Lahoud
Date: December 2013

Title: Haqqani Network Financing: The Evolution of an Industry
Authors: Gretchen Peters
Date: July 2012

Title: Beware of Imitators: al-Qa' ida through the lens of its Confidential Secretary
Authors: Nelly Lahoud
Date: June 2012

Title: Letters from Abbottabad: Bin Ladin Sidelined?
Authors: Nelly Lahoud, Stuart Caudill, Liam Collins, Gabriel Koehler-Derrick, Don Rassler, Muhammad al-`Ubaydi
Date: May 2012

Title: Edges of Radicalization: Individuals, Networks and Ideas in Violent Extremism
Authors: Scott Helfstein
Date: February 2012

Title: A False Foundation? AQAP, Tribes and Ungoverned Spaces in Yemen
Authors: Gabriel Koehler-Derrick (editor)
Date: October 2011

Title: The Haqqani Nexus and the Evolution of al-Qa'ida
Authors: Don Rassler, Vahid Brown
Date: July 2011

Title: Self-Inflicted Wounds: Debates and Divisions within al-Qa'ida and its Periphery
Authors: Assaf Moghadam (ed), Brian Fishman (ed)
Date: December 2010

Title: Crime and Insurgency in the Tribal Areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan
Authors: Gretchen Peters
Date: October 2010

Title: Radical Islamic Ideology in Southeast Asia
Authors: Scott Helfstein, editor
Date: July 2009

Title: Dysfunction and Decline: Lessons Learned From Inside al-Qa'ida in Iraq
Authors: Brian Fishman
Date: March 2009

Title: Iranian Strategy in Iraq: Politics and "Other Means"
Authors: Joseph Felter, Brian Fishman 
Date: October 2008

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