Encyclopedia of Terrorism

by Peter Chalk, Editor


In recent decades, terrorism has evolved: the motivation to commit terrorist acts in the 21st century is just as likely to be religious or ideological as political. Additionally, modern terrorist organizations are more diffuse and are operating across national boundaries; and the methods have become more violent, with larger numbers of casualties and with little or no regard for civilian victims.

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November 2012


Pages 871
Volumes 2
Size 7x10
Topics Security Studies/Terrorism

A valuable, up-to-date reference tool for understanding the latest developments in national and international terrorism—one of the most pressing security challenges facing the world today.

Terrorism has emerged as one of the main foreign and national policy challenges of the 21st century. Encyclopedia of Terrorism provides comprehensive coverage of the events, individuals, groups, incidents, and trends in terrorism in the modern era.

This essential work presents accurate, concise, and crucial information on developments since the watershed events of September 11, 2001, providing readers with an invaluable reference tool for understanding major developments that have occurred in domestic and international terrorism. The work is fully cross-referenced to provide a comprehensive research tool for high school students, academics, security analysts, and other readers interested in the study of terrorism.


  • More than 500 entries on topics in modern-day terrorism
  • A chronology of major terrorist attacks since 1946
  • A bibliography listing major literacy sources on terrorism
  • A list of acronyms related to major terrorist organizations


  • Provides comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of modern terrorism in the 20th and 21st centuries
  • Presents information of great relevance to national and international politics
  • Represents an accessible and valuable resource for reference and research
Author Info

Peter Chalk, PhD, is senior analyst with the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, CA, and associate editor of Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. He was formerly professor of international relations at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, and has consulted widely on issues relevant to national and international security. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including The South American Drug Trade: Scope, Dimension, Impact and Response; The Maritime Dimension of International Security: Terrorism, Piracy and Challenges for the United States; and Non-Military Security and Global Disorder: The Impact of Extremism, Violence and Chaos on National and International Security. Chalk holds a doctorate from the University of British Columbia, Canada.



"Overall, this encyclopedia provides a wealth of information on terrorists, terrorist groups, and incidents. It would be useful to anyone researching information on such activities throughout the world in the 20th and 21st centuries. A solid addition to reference collections."Library Journal

"The volumes are easily accessible and readable, providing essential information addressing the who, what, when, and where of terrorists and their actions. Recommended."Choice

"The writing is accessible and unbiased. Considering that many other standard sources on the topic of terrorism are either outdated or much shorter . . . . This set is recommended for most public and school libraries."Booklist

"Written by an international array of scholars and graduate students, this is an alphabetically organized compilation of individual terrorists, terrorism incidents, and terrorist organizations covering a global scale for the past several decades. . . . This work is strongly recommended."ARBA

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