Center on Terrorism

Center on Terrorism

Welcome to the Center on Terrorism at John Jay College of Criminal Justice

John Jay College lost 67 students and alumni as a result of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan on September 11, 2001. The Center on Terrorism at John Jay College was founded in the wake of those attacks and remains the only university-based entity devoted to terrorism research and education in the New York City area. Center researchers have published a range of books, article, chapters and reports covering different aspects of terrorism and counter-terrorism, from an interdisciplinary and policy-relevant perspective. The Center hosts the Friday Seminar Series which brings to the John Jay campus leading researchers and practitioners active in the field. The series is linked to John Jay’s Advanced Certificate in Terrorism Studies which offers a distinctive graduate-level program of study for those seeking to enhance their credentials and better understand terrorism and counter-terrorism. 

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Profs. Peter Romaniuk and Shuki Cohen (

Center on Terrorism Spring 2021 Friday Seminar Series
We are pleased to announce another excellent line up of speakers for our seminar series at the Center on Terrorism, John Jay College, this spring. As in the fall, our seminars will be remote via Zoom this spring and we ask that you register using the links that we will provide in advance. Our seminars are held on Fridays from 3-5pm (US ET) and are free and open to the public, so please feel free to share this message with others and to post to social media.
Our first seminar is next week, Friday, February 5, featuring Arie Perliger (University of Massachusetts at Lowell; full bio below). His talk is titled, "Learning From the Past, Adapting to the Present: Fighting Far-Right Extremism and Violence in the US." Please click here to register for the seminar.
On Friday, March 12, Seamus Hughes (George Washington University) will present on, "Homegrown: ISIS in America."
On Friday, April 9, Jason Blazakis (Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey) will present his ongoing reseach on QAnon, conspriacy theories and disinformation.
On Friday, April 23, Fabien Carrié (Paris-Est Créteil University) and Laurent Bonelli (Paris Nanterre University) will join us for a discussion of extremism and counter-extremism in France.
On Friday, May 7, Chuck Strozier (Founding Director of the Center and Professor Emeritus of History at John Jay and the CUNY Graduate Center) will present on, "Plagues and Peoples, Disease and Violence."
About Arie Perliger: Dr. Arie Perliger is a Professor and the director of the graduate program in security studies at the School of Criminology and Justice Studies, University of Massachusetts Lowell. In the past 20 years, Dr. Perliger was engaged in an extensive study of issues related to terrorism and political violence, security policy and politics, politics and extremism of the Far Right in Israel, Europe, and the US, Middle Eastern Politics, and the applicability of Social Network Analysis to the study of political violence. His studies appeared in nine books and monographs, and in numerous articles and book chapters and were cited in more than 1600 academic texts. His recent book, “American Zealots – Inside Right Wing Domestic Terrorism,” which was published by Columbia University Press, provides an in-depth analysis of the history and contemporary trends of the violent American far-right.  Dr. Perliger was also engaged in training practitioners from various agencies such as the FBI, CIA, and ICE. Additionally, he provided professional briefings to high-rank officials from the government and military, such as The Secretary of the Army, Army Chief of Staff, and SOCOM, AFRICOM, NORTHCOM, and JSOC commanders. Dr. Perliger is also engaged in informing the public via contributions to various media platforms. His articles/interviews appeared, among others, in the NY Times, BBC, and Newsweek.