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Prof. em Dr. (U. of Zurich, 1972) Alex Schmid

  • Prof. em Dr. (U. of Zurich, 1972)
  • Universität Zürich - University of Zurich
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Dr. Alex Peter SCHMID is Director of the Vienna-based Terrorism Research Initiative (TRI) and Editor-in-Chief of its on-line journal Perspectives on Terrorism (see: < >). Prior to 2010, he was Co-editor of Terrorism and Political Violence; he continues to be a member of its Editorial Board. From 2006 to 2009, he was Director of the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) and held a Chair in International Relations at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Prof. Schmid was born in 1943 in Chur (Switzerland) where he attended the Humanistic Gymnasium before he studied General History at the University of Zürich; there he received a summa cum laude for his PhD thesis in 1972. He spent part of his academic career in the United States where he was, inter alia, an Einstein Fellow at Harvard University. Schmid spent more than two decades in the Netherlands where he was Associate Professor for Political Sciences at Leiden University while he also held the Synthesis Chair for the Empirical Study of Conflict and Con­flict Resol­ution at Erasmus Uni­ver­sity, Rotterdam. At Leiden University’s Center for the Study of Social Conflicts he was Research Coordinator for PIOOM, an Interdisciplinary Research Program on Root Causes of Human Rights Violations. From 1999 to 2005 he was a Senior Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer at the United Nations where he held the position of Officer-in-Charge of the UN Terrorism Prevention Branch. Prior to this, he had been an elected member of the Executive Board of the International Scientific and Professional Advisory Council (ISPAC) of the UN’s Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Program. Between 2006 and 2008, he was a member of the European Commission’s Expert Group on Violent Radicalization. Alex P. Schmid has lectured on human rights, armed conflict, organized crime, political violence and terrorism in more than two dozen countries and has, in the course of his career, been associated with ten different universities and institutes. His work – more than 150 reports, articles, book chapters, edited volumes and monographs – has been published in ten languages. His publications include Violence as Communication (1982), Soviet Military Interventions since 1945 (1985) and the award-winning research guide Political Terrorism (1984, 1988, 2005). For a fairly complete publication list, see: Schmid’s most recent publication is The Routledge Handbook of Terrorism Research (see: < > ). Currently he is a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Terrorism Database (GTD) of the University of Maryland, a member of the European Expert Network on Terrorism Issues (EENeT), a member of the Editorial Board of the biennial global survey of Peace and Conflict (University of Maryland) and the Working Paper Series of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (Israel) as well as a member of the Advisory Board of the Asia-Pacific Foundation. In 2004, he became a Corresponding Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and in 2010/11 he was a Fellow-in-Residence of the KNAW’s Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS). He also serves as Adviser to Europol’s TE-SAT in The Hague. Alex Schmid holds the Netherlands nationality and his wife, Dr. Shantu Watt, is a UK citizen. Currently they both live in Austria.

Recent publications

  • Welcome from the editors

    • Schmid A
    • Forest J
  • New security threats-old security architecture and mind-sets: Countering the threat of radiological and nuclear terrorism in the black sea region

    • Fenopetov V
    • Lawlor B
    • Japaridze T
    • et al.


PhD (magna cum laude)[for thesis itself: summa cum laude]

Universität Zürich - University of Zurich

May 1972 - Present

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