• M. R. Haberfeld
  • Joseph F. King
  • Charles Andrew Lieberman


The initial objective of this project in terms of its methodological approach was threefold. First, the team aimed at interviewing police officials in the surveyed countries regarding their training efforts to counter terrorist activities in the post 9/11 era of policing; second, the researchers hoped to be able to generate focus groups within the law enforcement communities to ascertain the level of their preparedness and their perceptions about the level of their preparedness to prevent and counter future attacks; and, finally, they hoped to interview key individuals and also to hold a number of focus groups within the communities policed by the forces that were approached. The key individuals the researchers were aiming at were local politicians, religious leaders, and media moguls who, by the virtue of their social status, were in a position to influence the perceptions and attitudes of the local population toward the phenomenon of terrorism. In this venue, for example, in Turkey the team interviewed a number of minority religious leaders, like the head of the Armenian minority and the head of the Christian minority as well as a director of the local most popular television station, which has a very significant impact on the intensity and scope of the coverage of various terrorist-related events, as well as one of the major movie directors who produces movies on terrorist movements in Turkey.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. R. Haberfeld
    • 1
  • Joseph F. King
    • 1
  • Charles Andrew Lieberman
    • 1
  1. 1.City University of New York, John Jay college of Criminal JusticeNew YorkUSA

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