© 2012

Evidence-Based Counterterrorism Policy

  • Cynthia Lum
  • Leslie W. Kennedy

Part of the Springer Series on Evidence-Based Crime Policy book series (SSEBCP, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Cynthia Lum, Leslie W. Kennedy
      Pages 3-9
  3. Data Sources for Evaluating Terrorism and Counterterrorism

  4. Methodological Innovations for Counterterrorism Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Michael D. Porter, Gentry White, Lorraine Mazerolle
      Pages 91-112
    3. Danielle M. Rusnak, Leslie W. Kennedy, Ibrahim S. Eldivan, Joel M. Caplan
      Pages 167-185
    4. Cynthia Lum, Charlotte Gill, Breanne Cave, Julie Hibdon, David Weisburd
      Pages 209-251
  5. Perspectives in Evaluating Counterterrorism Policy

About this book


Since the 9/11 terror attacks, the development and implementation of counterterrorism strategies has been a top priority in national security policies in many countries. Yet as the number and scope of these programs grow—with spending to match—few studies have determined whether they are productive, ineffectual, or even detrimental to security. For too many counterterrorism programs, serious steps toward evaluation have yet to be made.


Evidence-Based Counterterrorism Policy emphasizes the use of science, evaluation, and knowledge building to inspire improvements in our what we know about counterterrorism interventions.  Focusing on three key areas—identifying and accessing relevant data, using innovative methodologies for generating new interventions, and examining various perspectives to evaluation counterterrorism—the book combines a framework for using scientific findings to inform security policy with a best-practices approach to implementing programs. Strategies such as risk terrain modeling and validity testing for security screening instruments are shown as fostering improvements in threat assessment and in anticipating and responding to future events.  The editors also argue for a broader research infrastructure to encourage ongoing development.


Among the topics covered:

·         Assessment and comparison of terrorism data sources

·         Information sharing and Fusion Centers

·         Various longitudinal models for assessing counterterrorism policies and terrorism trends

·         Evidence-based evaluations and validity testing of airport security measures

·         Public opinion and criminological research application to counterinsurgency and counterterrorism

·         Police practices for understanding and managing terror risk

·         Counterterrorism finance and trade regulations

·         Legal challenges and evaluation of counterterrorism policy


Evidence-Based Counterterrorism Policy is an invaluable resource for researchers in criminology and political science, and for policymakers involved with counterterrorism programs.



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Editors and affiliations

  • Cynthia Lum
    • 1
  • Leslie W. Kennedy
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Evidence- Based Crime Policy, Criminology, Law, and SocietyGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA
  2. 2.School of Criminal JusticeRutgers UniversityNewarkUSA

About the editors

Cynthia Lum researches in the area of crime prevention, international and domestic policing concerns, democratization and justice, place-based criminology, and research methodology. She has consulted with numerous police agencies in the areas of deployment and crime analysis both in the United States and abroad and also works with the U.S. State Department's International Law Enforcement Academy, where she helps train police commanders from multiple nations. Her recent projects include developing protocols and technologies for tip lines in high-intensity events (funded by the Department of Defense/Department of Justice), conducting a multi-language survey of law enforcement officials across thirty nations, empirically testing social disorganization theory, and conducting a systematic review of research evaluating anti-terrorism strategies.

Leslie W. Kennedy, a Professor at Rutgers University, served as Dean of the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice from 1998 to 2007. Dr. Kennedy has published extensively in the areas of fear of crime, victimology, and violence. His current research in public security builds upon his previous work in event analysis and understanding the social contexts in which dangers in society are identified and deterred. Dr. Kennedy is also the Director of the Rutgers Center for the Study of Public Security. 

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