Center for the Analysis of Terrorism and European Security (CATES)
Terrorism, and our response to it, is among the most compelling European security issues: it
dominates news headlines, public anxiety, and political strategies alike. Yet, we face four kinds of terrorist problem. The first is practical, the second analytical, and our difficulties in responding to the practical problem have been significantly exacerbated by our failings in regard to the analytical.
Surely, no amount of analytical precision will rid us of the existence of terrorism, but if we want to respond effectively to the policy challenge that it poses we need first to respond effectively to its analytical challenge.
Hence, CATES’s primary mission is to make a minor, yet timely, contribution to what is surely a large and significant process: namely, that of ensuring that our research into, and our understanding of, terrorism gain strength and sharpness through systematic reflection about the analytical problems we face.
The third kind of terrorist problem is informational, while the fourth perceptual. For quite many years, data-driven analysis and information regarding the terrorist risk Europe is facing has failed to reach opinion makers and mainstream audiences. At the same time, the considerable counterterrorism efforts by both the EU and NATO have gone rather unnoticed by the European public. Indeed, according to a 2016 Special Euro-barometer survey, 69% of the European citizens consider EU action in the fight against terrorism as “insufficient”. In effect, the threat of terrorism remains a source of high public anxiety.
Hence, CATES’s secondary mission is to disseminate into the public sphere: (i) scientifically informed and evidence-based analysis of the current terrorist threat in Europe, and (ii) information on the important (but quiet) legal, institutional, and political progress that has been achieved over the past few years in the field of EU counter-terrorism.
Gofas, Andreas | Jean Monnet Fellow, European University Institute, Florence; Assistant Professor of International Relations, Panteion University, Athens; Co-Director, Olympia Summer Academy.
International Advisory Board
Argomaniz, Javier | Lecturer in International Relations, Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism
and Political Violence (CSTPV), University of St Andrews.
Dunn Cavelty, Myriam | Senior Lecturer, Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich.
Duyvesteyn, Isabelle | Professor of International Studies and Global History, Leiden University.
English, Richard | Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Politics, Queen’s University Belfast.
Kalyvas, Stathis | Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science Yale University, and Director of
Yale’s Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence.
Sánchez-Cuenca, Ignacio | Associate Professor and Director, Carlos III-Juan March Institute.
Shea, Jamie | NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges.