Non-Governmental Organizations

Alliance of Women Against Radicalisation and Extremism (AWARE) addresses the European fight against extremism by focusing on the role of women. Their research includes pieces on women in ISIS and on the role of education in combating extremism.

The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) works to reveal and weaken terrorist financing. They have compiled a database profiling known extremists and extremist groups and work with policymakers to create laws opposing extremism.

The American Enterprise Institute’s Critical Threats Project‘s “objective is to inform and educate policymakers, the intelligence and military communities, and all interested citizens who need to understand the nuance and scale of threats to America’s security.” It focuses on “the threats posed by Iran and the global al Qaeda network with a focus on Yemen, the Horn of Africa, Libya, and West Africa.”

Danish Institute for International Studies’ research on Terrorism focuses on radicalization, recruitment, and efforts to combat extremism. Much of their work addresses the impact that ISIS and AQ have upon one another as well as extremism’s impact on regional issues in MENA.

Families Against Terrorism and Extremism (FATE) supplies resources to families, teachers, and organizations looking to combat extremism within their communities. They sponsor events, run CVE campaigns, and create content for others to share.

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) is a non-profit, non-partisan policy institute focusing on foreign policy and national security and combines policy research, democracy and counterterrorism education, strategic communications and investigative journalism in support of its mission to promote pluralism, defend democratic values and fight the ideologies that drive terrorism.

The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) is “an independent, non-partisan, non-profit think tank dedicated to shifting the world’s focus to peace as a positive, achievable, and tangible measure of human well-being and progress.” The IEP provides a great deal of analysis (much of it quantitative in nature) on a host of problems around the world.

The Institute for Strategic Dialogue is known for their valuable research on recruitment and counter-messaging. Their research includes several pieces on ISIS’s female recruitment as well as pilot research on former extremists engaging directly with individuals suspected of radicalization. It has valuable resources for those seeking counter-extremism content on their spin-off resource Extreme Dialogue. They also offer a Counter-Narrative Monitoring and Evaluation Handbook for those looking to begin or improve their own counter-narrative campaign.

The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) is a public policy think tank that is “committed to improving the nation’s ability to execute military operations and respond to emerging threats in order to achieve U.S. strategic objectives.” Provides frequent daily reports on the changing situation in Iraq and Syria.

International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR) is a research organization based out of King’s College in London. They focus broadly on radicalization and political violence, having done extensive research in areas such as Jihadist Media Strategy, Countering Terrorist Financing, De-Radicalization, and Europe’s New Far Right.

Jihadology serves as a clearinghouse for jihadist primary source materials, including translations into English and some original analysis.

Life After Hate is a non-profit founded by former members of America’s violent far right movement. They now offer support to people who wish to leave organizations and lives of violence and hate. Life After Hate also partners with organizations and communities to fight hate and racism at its root causes.

LiveUAMap is a media platform that uses maps to depict real-time events in important areas of conflict. They have maps and information feeds specific to the Middle East, the Syrian conflict, and ISIS.

The Middle Eastern Media Research Institute (MEMRI) provides analysis and translations of media originally published in Arabic, Farsi, Urdu-Pashtu, Dari, and Turkish. While MEMRI has faced criticism for hardline pro-Israel stances and incomplete translations, it provides resources to English speakers that may not be available through other sites.

The Middle East Institute‘s (MEI) Countering Violent Transnational Movements project undertakes in-depth research and analysis into the region’s varied terrorist threats and their underlying drivers, including civil conflict; and ​seeks ​to propose effective policy responses.

Quilliam Foundation is a British think tank that challenges extremism and seeks to promote democracy pluralism in its place.

Government Organizations

The United Nations Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee is tasked with “monitoring implementation of resolution 1373 (2001), which requested countries to implement a number of measures intended to enhance their legal and institutional ability to counter terrorist activities at home, in their regions and around the world.”

The Global Coalition is the combined effort of the international community to defeat ISIS on the territorial battleground. Its website includes Maps & Stats, News and Resources on how to report ISIS’s propaganda.

The U.S. State Department’s Global Engagement Center (GEC) is an interagency entity charged with coordinating U.S. counterterrorism messaging to foreign audiences.

The Modern War Institute at West Point is a U.S. Army think tank that studies recent and current conflicts around the world.

The Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) is the U.S. Army’s institute for “geostrategic and national security research and analysis” headquartered at the Army War College.


Anthony Cordesman, Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy, Center for Strategic and International Studies,

Brian Michael Jenkins, Senior Adviser to the RAND President,

Charlie Winter, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation,


Foreign Affairs

Georgetown Journal of International Affairs

International Security

Journal of Strategic Studies

Long War Journal

Perspectives on Terrorism

Security Dialogue

Security Studies

Small Wars Journal

The Washington Quarterly

A List of 100 Core and Periphery Journals for Terrorism Research


War on the Rocks