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Terrorism and the Pandemic

Weaponizing of COVID-19

Rohan Gunaratna and Katalin Pethő-Kiss

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213 pages, 18 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-801-0 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (February 2023)

ISBN  978-1-80539-747-2 $19.95/£15.95 / Pb / Not Yet Published (January 2025)


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“This important, groundbreaking work will appeal to a range of specialists and more general audiences. The research is well-organized and will contribute to several key public policy areas, and will have a listing impact on several fields.” • John Harrison, Rabdan Academy, Abu Dhabi

“This book is an invaluable addition to the literature on terrorism and COVID-19 interconnections.” • Richard J. Chasdi, The George Washington University

“Katalin Pethö-Kiss and Rohan Gunaratna have assembled a comprehensive narrative on the status of terrorist violence in the shadow of the pandemic. Sorting through an extensive body of material they assess terrorist motivations, capabilities, and tactics of groups and individuals covering a wide ideological spectrum. This is essential baseline reading for counter terrorism analysts and operators in the current day and future historians looking back on the period.” • John Parachini, RAND Corporation


The global pandemic has offered extraordinary opportunities for extremists and terrorists to mobilize themselves and revive as more powerful actors in the security landscape. But could these threat groups actually capitalize on the coronavirus crisis and advance their malevolent agendas? Utilizing the largest COVID-19-related terrorism database, the book presents an analysis built upon a quantitative and qualitative comparison between the nature of both the radical Islamist and the far-right-related threat in 2018 and 2020. It provides, for the first time, a true picture of novel trends since the pandemic outbreak.

Rohan Gunaratna is Professor of Security Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technology University, Singapore. He is the author of 20 books including The Three Pillars of Radicalization: Needs, Narratives and Networks (2019, Oxford University Press, co-authored with Arie W. Kruglanski and Jocelyn J. Bélanger).

Katalin Petho-Kiss is a CBRNE specialist with expertise on counter terrorism. She is a Senior Fellow at the Global Peace Institute and a Senior Analyst at the Counter Terrorism Information and Criminal Analysis Centre in Hungary.

BLOG - The authors discuss the evolving threat of Coronavirus.

Subject: Political and Economic AnthropologyPeace and Conflict StudiesAnthropology of Religion

Terrorism and the Pandemic by Rohan Gunaratna and Katalin Pethő-Kiss is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) with support from Knowledge Unlatched.

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OA ISBN: 978-1-80073-773-0


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