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Suicide Attacks

Suicide Attacks

Project Title Investigators Project Period
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency SIGMA+ Thomas Guarrieri, Marcus A. Boyd, Steve Sin July, 2018 to April, 2020
Counterterrorism Net Assessment Data Structure (CT NEADS) Barnett S. Koven January, 2019 to January, 2020
Global Terrorism Database (GTD) Acceleration Erin Miller January, 2019 to January, 2020
Global Terrorism Database (GTD) Erin Miller, Gary LaFree, Laura Dugan June, 2001 to January, 2020
Country Reports on Terrorism - Statistical Annex Gary LaFree, Erin Miller May, 2012 to May, 2018
Terrorist Behavior and Societal Tolerance of Violence Risa Brooks July, 2012 to December, 2013
Mobilization For and Against Terrorism in the Muslim World Clark McCauley, Mansoor Moaddel, Mohammed Hafez May, 2005 to May, 2009
Project Title Publication Date START Authors Publication Type
A Situated Comparison of Suicide and Non-Suicide Terrorist Plots and Homicides in the United States, 1990-2014 September 2018 Gruenewald, Jeff; Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven; Parkin, William Journal Article
A Supply-Side View of Suicide Terrorism: A Cross-National Study January 2008 Piazza, James A. Journal Article
Apologia for Suicide: Martyrdom in Contemporary Jihadist Discourse May 2018 Hafez, Mohammed Book Chapter
Caravan of Martyrs: Sacrifice and Suicide Bombing in Afghanistan, by David B. Edwards May 2019 Hafez, Mohammed Book Review
Choosing to Fight, Choosing to Die: Examining How ISIS Foreign Fighters Select Their Operational Roles July 2020 Young, Joseph Journal Article
Comparing Extremist Perpetrators of Suicide and Non-suicide Attacks in the U.S. March 2017 Gruenewald, Jeff; Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven; Parkin, William Journal Article
Conducting Terrorism Fieldwork on a Shoe-String Budget: Researching Suicide Terrorism in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict February 2013 Singh, Rashmi Book Chapter
Counterterrorism Net Assessment Data Structure April 2020 Koven, Barnett S.; Lindquist, Katy; Erdemandi, Max Project Fact Sheet
Divergent Paths to Martyrdom and Significance Among Suicide Attackers September 2015 Kruglanski, Arie Journal Article
Explaining Suicide Terrorism: A Review Essay April 2007 Crenshaw, Martha Journal Article
Foreign Military Interventions and Suicide Attacks March 2015 Piazza, James A. Journal Article
Fully Committed: Suicide Bombers' Motivation and the Quest for Personal Significance May 2009 Kruglanski, Arie; Fishman, Shira Journal Article
Hamas and Suicide Terrorism: Multi-causal and Multi-level Approaches January 2011 Singh, Rashmi Book
How Many Suicide Terrorists are Suicidal? August 2014 McCauley, Clark Journal Article
Internally Displaced Populations and Suicide Terrorism October 2014 Piazza, James A. Journal Article
Intimations of Mortality or Production Lines? The Puzzle of "Suicide Terrorism" June 2009 Crenshaw, Martha Journal Article
On the 5th anniversary of the 7/7 London Transit Attack July 2010 Background Report
Perceptions of the United States and Support for Violence Against America November 2006 Kruglanski, Arie; McCauley, Clark; McLeod, Douglas M.; LaFree, Gary; Kull, Steven Research Brief
Suicide Attack at Moscow Airport January 2011 Background Report
Suicide Attack on Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan June 2011 Background Report
Suicide Bombers in Iraq, 2003-2010: Disaggregating Targets Can Reveal Insurgent Motives and Priorities January 2014 McCauley, Clark Journal Article
Suicide bombers in Iraq, 2003-2010: Disaggregating targets can reveal insurgent motives and priorities January 2013 McCauley, Clark Journal Article
Suicide Bombers – Martyrs, Heroes or Victims? March 2014 Singh, Rashmi Book Chapter
Suicide Terrorism May 2019 Singh, Rashmi Book Chapter
Suicide Terrorism April 2018 Moghadam, Assaf Book Chapter
The Globalization of Martyrdom: Al Qaeda, Salafi Jihad, and the Diffusion of Suicide Attacks July 2008 Moghadam, Assaf Book
The Marvel of Martyrdom: The Power of Self-Sacrifice in a Selfish World January 2019 McCauley, Clark; Moskalenko, Sophia Book
The Politics of Suicide Terrorism September 2005 McCauley, Clark Book Review
The Role of Entitativity in Perpetuating Cycles of Violence December 2018 Gelfand, Michele Journal Article
Tracking Radical Opinions in Polls of U.S. Muslims April 2017 McCauley, Clark; Moskalenko, Sophia Journal Article
Western Muslims Volunteering to fight in Syria and Iraq: Why do they go, and what should we do? July 2015 McCauley, Clark; Moskalenko, Sophia Journal Article
Image Title Job Title Institution
Barnett Koven Barnett S. Koven

Data Science Manager, Deloitte Government & Public Services


Clark McCauley Clark McCauley

Professor of Psychology

Bryn Mawr College
Erin MIller Erin Miller

GTD Program Manager, START

University of Maryland
Herbert Tinsley

Analyst, Government Accountability Office

Jeff Gruenewald

Associate Professor and Director of the Terrorism Research Center, University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas
Joshua Freilich


John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York
Laura Dugan Laura Dugan

Ralph Mershon Professor of Human Security and Professor of Sociology 

The Ohio State University
Michael Distler
Steve Sin

Director, Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT)

Subject Matter Expert Instructor, National Center for Security & Preparedness

University of Maryland
Victor Asal

Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of Public Administration

University at Albany, State University of New York

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