The nature of terrorism has changed since the turn of this century. The suicide attacker, not unknown before 2000, has become the weapon of choice for terrorist groups. The motivation and structure of the groups has also changed. Research into suicide terrorism has grown apace with the phenomenon, and three recent publications offer significant insight into the problem. It is clear that the authorities charged with keeping the public safe are likely to succeed or fail on the strength of their understanding of the changes.
One renowned authority on the changes is Robert Pape, Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. A specialist in international security affairs, he has amassed the world
This article originally appeared in The Ergonomics Report™ on 2006-08-23.