Alex P. Schmid

Prof. Dr. Alex P. Schmid is a Research Fellow at the International Centre for Counter Terrorism (ICCT) – The Hague, and a Director of the Terrorism Research Initiative (TRI), Vienna. He was co-editor of the journal Terrorism and Political Violence and is currently editor-in-chief of Perspectives on Terrorism. Prof. Schmid held a chair in International Relations at the University of St. Andrews (Scotland) where he was, until 2009, also Director of the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV). From 1999 to 2005 he was Officer-in-Charge of the Terrorism Prevention Branch at the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in the rank of a Senior Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer. From 1994 to 1999, Dr. Schmid was an elected member of the Executive Board of ISPAC (International Scientific and Professional Advisory Council) of the United Nations' Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Program. Until 1999 he held the position of Extraordinary Professor for the Empirical Study of Conflict and Conflict Resolution (Synthesis Chair) at the Department of Sociology, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, and the position of Research Coordinator of PIOOM (Interdisciplinary Research Projects on Root Causes of Human Rights Violations, Centre for the Study of Social Conflict) at Leiden University.

In 2003, Dr. Schmid was appointed Corresponding Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), which was followed by an appointment as Fellow-in-Residence at the KNAW’s Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences  (NIAS) in 2011. Dr. Schmid has lectured in nearly thirty countries and his work has been published in ten languages.

Alex Schmid has close to 200 publications and reports to his name. Some of Dr. Schmid’s key publications include: Violence as Communication (1982), Soviet Military Interventions since 1945 (1985), Terrorism and the Media (1992), Western Responses to Terrorism (1993), The Politics of Pain (1995), Countering Terrorism through International Cooperation (2001), Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power (2005), After the War on Terror (2009), and the award-winning volume Political Terrorism (1984, 1988, 2005). Prof. em. Schmid is editor and principal author of the acclaimed Routledge Handbook of Terrorism Research (2011), an expanded and revised update of the award-winning volume Political Terrorism. He is co-editor and co-author of ‘Terrorists on Trial’ published in 2016 by Leiden University Press.

Dr. Schmid is chairman of the jury for the annual award for the ‘Best PhD Thesis on Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism’ and director of the TRI network of country coordinators of PhD theses writers in twelve countries. As Associate Professor, he is supervising thesis-writing on both Master’s and PhD level at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) of Leiden University’s Faculty Campus The Hague. In addition to his Research Fellowship at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism in The Hague he was, in 2014, also Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Nanyang Technological University’s Center of Excellence for National Security (CENS) in Singapore. Some of his writings can be found at and at

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