Research at MonTREP

The Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program prides itself on remaining at the forefront of the field of terrorism studies, anticipating and researching the newest security threats and trends.General Howard at the site of Agent Terry's shooting

Since its inception, MonTREP has supported the work of a wide range of private and public institutions, ranging from government agencies to international organizations to academic foundations. Our objective is to undertake projects that adhere to the highest scholarly and academic standards but also have the potential to contribute to the formulation of more effective security and counterterrorism policies.

The research, analyses, and threat assessments generated by MonTREP combine in-depth historical, political, and sociological research, regional and language expertise, a wide variety of methodological approaches, and - when necessary - technical assessments and scientific analyses.

Definition of Terrorism

MonTREP uses a specific definition of terrorism, which MonTREP professor Dr. Jeffrey M. Bale created.  More information about this definition can be found here: MonTREP's Definition of Terrorism.

MonTREP Research

MonTREP research is produced by its staff of experienced professionals, leading scholars in the field, and graduate research assistants. MonTREP professors serve as project managers according to their expertise and the subject matter of the project. MonTREP capitalizes on student talent at MIIS by hiring graduate researchers who bring their experiences to the positions.

Professors' Publications

The following are recent and upcoming publications of MonTREP professors and staff:

Brigadier General (RET) Russell D. Howard

Russell Howard and James Forest, Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism, (New York, NY: McGraw Hill, November 2012);

Russell Howard, James Forest, and Joanne Moore, Homeland Security and Terrorism (New York, NY: McGraw Hill, February 2013);

“Strategic Culture: Iran, China, North Korea, and al Qaeda, a Comparative Analysis,” (Joint Special Operations Press, March 2013).

Dr. Jeffrey M. Bale

 “Jihadist Cells and “IED” Capabilities in Europe: Assessing the Present and Future Threat to the West,” (Army War College, November 2012);

Imagined Terrorist Plots: Conspiracy Theories about Major Acts of Terrorism in the West, from the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing to the 2011 Norway Attacks (Routledge);

Where the Extremes Touch: Patterns of Collaboration between Islamist Networks and Western Left- and Right-Wing Extremists (Routledge).

Dr. Sharad Joshi

 “Nuclear Detection Architecture in South Asia,” (START/University of Maryland, March 2010);

The China-Pakistan Nuclear Deal: A Realpolitique Fait Accompli,” (Nuclear Threat Initiative, December 11, 2011);

"Playing Politics: How the Regional Context Impedes Confronting Myanmar's Alleged Nuclear Program," (Nuclear Threat Initiative, February 4, 2011).

Dr. Gordon M. Hahn

Gordon M. Hahn, “The Caucasus Emirate Jihadists: The Security and Strategic Implications,” in Stephen J. Blank, ed., Russia’s Homegrown Insurgency: Jihad in the North Caucasus (Carlisle Barracks, PA: U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute, October 2012), pp. 1-98,

Gordon M. Hahn, Getting the Caucasus Emirate Right (Washington, DC: Center for Strategic and International Studies, September 2011),

Gordon M. Hahn, Russia’s Islamic Threat (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2007). [‘Outstanding Academic Title’ for 2007 by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the American Library Association (ALA) in their CHOICE Current Reviews for Academic Libraries.]

Islam, Islamism, and Politics in Eurasia Report

Dr. Gordon Hahn of MonTREP publishes the Islam, Islamism, and Politics in Eurasia Report (IIPER), which is a bi-monthly compendium of news and analysis on politics involving Islam in the former Soviet Union.  The main focus for the present is on Russia's North Caucasus region.  However, IIPER seeks submissions on politics and Islam in other regions of Eurasia (between 1,000 and 5,000 words in length).

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