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Max Abrahms

Will sort through the hysteria by dissecting the terrorism threat with the most-cutting edge research.

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Dr. Max Abrahms is among the world’s leading experts on the subject of terrorism.

Dr. Max Abrahms is a leading expert on U.S. national security, foreign policy and the terrorism threat. He is a professor of political science and public policy at Northeastern University, a member at the Council on Foreign Relations, a senior fellow at George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, a fellow at the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi, and on the journal Terrorism and Political Violence. His terrorism research challenges the conventional wisdom. Abrahms is also a frequent terrorism analyst in the media, especially on the consequences of terrorism, its motives, and the implications for counterterrorism strategy. He fields daily interviews with media outlets such as the Atlantic, Associated Press, BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, CNN International, Newsweek, New York Times, and Voice of America. Previously, he has been awarded fellowships and financial backing from the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, the Empirical Studies of Conflict project at Princeton University and Stanford University, the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College, the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point Military Academy, the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University, the economics department at Bar Ilan University, the political science department at Johns Hopkins University, and the Belfer Center at Harvard University. On Twitter, Abrahms is verified and officially ranked as the #1 “most influential” analyst in the category of terrorism. Abrahms presents his terrorism research to academic audiences throughout the world like Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and St. Andrews, as well as at venues such as MENSA, TED-X Hollywood, and the National Counterterrorism Center. He has a forthcoming book with Oxford University Press on why the conventional wisdom on terrorism is wrong.

Rules for Rebels: The Science of Victory in Militant History

Max Abrahms has a major book with Oxford University Press that will hit bookstands in September 2018 and is available now on Amazon for pre-order. Rules for Rebels: The Science of Victory in Militant History shows that throughout history the fate of militant groups has depended on the IQ of their leaders. Rules for Rebels is the first book to show what smart militants do to win. It analyzes hundreds of militant groups throughout history from Islamic State to the Irish Republican Army to reveal why some triumphed politically while others failed. Abrahms discovered that successful militants follow three simple rules based on original insights from numerous disciplines (communication, criminology, economics, history, management, marketing, political science, psychology, sociology) and methodological approaches (qualitative cases studies, content analysis, network analysis, regression analysis, experiments). There’s a science to victory in militant history. But even rebels must follow rules.

The State of Islamic State: Making Sense of Today’s Terrorism Threat

Americans view terrorism as the biggest threat in the world according to the latest polls. Television talking heads discuss terrorism around the clock, but none of them know the subject like Professor Max Abrahms, who employs actual research to break down the threat. As one of the world’s leading authorities on terrorism, Abrahms will sort through the hysteria by dissecting the terrorism threat with the most-cutting edge research. After listening to him, you will finally get answers to these timely questions and many more:


  • How dangerous is terrorism today?
  • How has the terrorism threat changed over time?
  • What can we expect terrorists to do in the future?
  • What do the terrorists want?
  • How will governments respond to terrorism?
  • How should governments respond to terrorism?
  • How smart are terrorists?
  • How do terrorists use social media?
  • What is the best way to defeat the terrorists?


Additional Topics
  • U.S. foreign policy
  • The Trump administration
  • Islamic State
  • Al-Qaeda
  • Syria
  • Iraq
  • Radicalization
  • Homegrown terrorism
  • Lone wolf terrorism
  • The international relations of the Middle East
  • Drones
  • Terrorist leaders
  • Targeted killing
  • Terrorism and social media
  • The history of terrorism
  • Government responses to terrorism
  • Terrorist motives
  • Terrorist IQ
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