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Postprint of: Lauchs, M, Keast, RL & Le, V 2012, 'Social network analysis of terrorist networks: can it add value?', Pakistan Journal of Criminology, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 21-32.


The study of terrorism includes the study of terror networks. The key method of studying networks is Social Network Analysis (SNA). This article aims to determine whether SNA can add value to the study of terror networks. We examine the existing research into terror networks including those that use SNA to reveal the nature of those networks. One of the most constructive approaches is the study of resilience of terrorist groups. We conclude that the use of SNA to study resilience will make the best contribution to ongoing research into terrorist networks and provides a good focus for both theory and practice of counterterrorism.

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